|Vandals Hit the Road to Open Season|
MOSCOW, Idaho—The University of Idaho women’s soccer team will open the 2013 season Friday afternoon at Weber State. Idaho, which features an unbalanced mix of returning players and newcomers this season are eager to step onto the pitch in Ogden, Utah.
Weber State will be the first of five games that the Vandals will be on the road for in the early season schedule. Head coach Pete Showler welcomes the tough road ahead.
“Being so young and having a tough opening weekend, who knows what we are going to get?” Showler stated. “Those pressures on a relatively young team could be telling, but we may flourish from the pressure that comes with that. We are chomping at the bit to get out and play.”
With 13 newcomers on this season’s roster there are a lot of positions open on the field. The Vandals coaching staff used last Friday’s exhibition against Oklahoma as not only a warm up for the players but as a blueprint for the rest of the season.
“My staff and I are still learning how each player reacts, responds and anticipates,” Showler commented. “We have tried players in different positions, some positions they may not be overly familiar with. They have put their nose to the grindstone and off they have gone. I have to compliment them all because they have worked their socks off.”
Anytime a team has such an exodus of upperclassmen mixed with a wave of new talent, fears of team division and chemistry can set in. The Vandals have yet to experience any problems that would lead to difficulties on or off the field.
“The team chemistry has been fantastic, “Showler said. “I have to pay a phenomenal compliment to the returners. They have taken these young girls under their wings and done a fantastic job of nurturing, mentoring and guiding them into the Vandal family. They have really embraced the Vandal ethos and what we are as a soccer program.”
Idaho leads the all-time series against Weber State, 4-1-0. The Vandals won, 2-1, in a double overtime thriller in the last meeting between the two schools in 2010. Sunday’s matchup at Idaho State will be the 14th meeting between the two in-state rivals. Idaho owns the advantage 6-4-3, but will look to avenge last season’s 2-0 loss.