|Vandals shut out WWCC|
The University of Idaho soccer team took the field again Sunday to take on Walla Walla Community College in a physical game ending with the Vandals winning 2-0.
“The first half was tough,” coach Pete Showler said. “I think the elements played a factor. The second half we got the ball down and let the ball do the work.”
The Vandals have had a busy weekend playing in a game Saturday and Sunday with an Alumni game Sunday morning.
“Since we’ve had pretty much three games in two days with 12 players, there are going to be some tight legs so we let the ball do the work and when we do that we see the results,” Showler said. “We knocked the ball around superbly that second half and it’s a joy to watch when they do it well.”
Team chemistry is important for any team and the Vandals have no shortage of it.
“It’s fantastic,” Showler said. “It’s all about the girls and what they bring to practice every day and how they approach it in the weight room. There’s a lot of hard work that goes on behind the scenes but they do a top notch job of coming together as a team and pushing each other to be better and challenging each other in a way that people’s heads don’t drop. It’s been a tremendous spring.”
One of the more consistent players this spring has been defender Chelsie Breen who has scored three goals over the last three games.
“Since we have a small group for the spring I feel like we have gotten really close and it’s been fun getting to know these girls a lot more,” Breen said.
This spring, Showler had implemented a new formation and he says the team responded to it very well and has improved on it this spring.
“It was a brand new formation and system we were trying so there’s still a long way to go with that but the way we are adapting to it is good,” Showler said. “There’s still a lot of work to do with it though and we have to try and embrace it the best they can. They’ve taken a lot of the good aspects and there’s still a lot more to come from that.”
Sunday morning the Vandals took the field to play their former teammates in an annual Alumni game. The players had fun playing each other as their families piled in the dome to watch the event.
“I think it’s always fun to come back and catch up with all of your old teammates and some of the new girls that you didn’t play with but you know of,” said Jenny Springer. “It’s fun to play against the current players. They’re always a little faster than us.”
Alison Page was one of the alumni for the event and flew over from London to be here with her former teammates.
“It’s really good to come back and see all the people and catch up with the coaches and trainers,” Page said. “You make such good friend when you’re here playing. It’s been nice being able to come back. That’s the reason I came back.”