Got eight wins?
U of R women’s soccer team won’t reach their win goal this season
Going into the 2011 Canada West season, the University of Regina Cougars women’s soccer team was vocal that it wanted to win eight games this season. However, after eight games and nothing in the win column, it would likely settle for just one win.
The Cougars sported a 0-7-1 through their first eight outings this season. Although the team wanted to win a total of eight games this year, bettering their total wins last year by two games, the dream of the big eight has been torn apart.
“We are obviously disappointed that we haven’t won yet,” said midfielder Molly Glass after Saturday’s 4-0 loss to the Trinity Western Spartans. “I think that we are really close. Obviously it’s disappointing not to win, but we are going to stay focused and positive and go into our next game looking for a win.”
After setting a team record for the most wins in a single season last year with six, the Cougars looked to up the ante this year, but the goal of eight wins appears to have been a lofty one. One could argue that to achieve a goal like that, a team needs both skill and luck. The Cougars definitely have skill, but Lady Luck has not been on their side.
“We have been putting a lot of effort in and we are there every single game,” Glass said. “We just can’t seem to get it in the back of the net.”
With just six games left in the season, the Cougars will not achieve the goal that they set for themselves at the beginning of the year. However, they can still make this season a successful one.
“We just have to move on from it,” said fifth-year defenceman Dana Renneberg of the eight-win goal. “That was a goal that we set, but we have to be realistic with it. Obviously we can’t get eight wins, but now we just have to look forward to the games that we have left.”
The Cougars have six regular-season games remaining, which the team must look at as a fresh start in order to save what’s left of the season. The remaining games see the Cougars travel to B.C. Oct. 15-16 to take on the Fraser Valley Cascades (2-2-2) and the UBC Thunderbirds, who are ranked third in the conference with a 4-1-1 record. The Cougars are then scheduled to play their final home games of the season at noon on Oct. 22-23 against the Lethbridge Pronghorns (0-6-1) and the Calgary Dinos (3-2-2). The season is then scheduled to wrap up for the team with a pair of away games against the Saskatchewan Huskies (3-3-1) and Alberta Pandas (6-1-0).
According to the statistics from teams around the conference, the Cougars will be facing a range of skill levels in their final games. Although Regina’s record may be deceiving, Renneberg believes that the remaining games are very much within the team’s reach.
“We know that a lot of the games that we have coming up are games that we can get,” she said. “We just have to play hard and win the ones that we have left.”
It is possible that the Cougars caved under the pressure of the big goal, or the goal was simply too lofty to attain. Whatever the case may be, as of right now, the team just hopes not to end this season on the wrong end of a shut out.
Cougars regular season scores:
Sept. 10 – vs. Victoria: T 1-1
Sept. 11 – vs. Fraser Valley: L 1-2
Sept. 16 – at UBC: L 0-1
Sept. 17 – at Trinity Western: L 0-1
Sept. 24 – vs. Manitoba: L 0-2
Sept. 25 – vs. Manitoba: L 0-2
Oct. 1 – vs. Trinity Western: L 0-4
Oct. 2 – vs. UBC: L 0-5