Sep 21, 2010

There’s no place like home

by HORNEFFER is a sports reporter.

 

The Lady Flames soccer team dominated this past week in their games against Southern Virginia University and Howard University.

The Flames won 6-0 against Southern Virginia and had 37 shots on goal overshadowing Southern Virginia’s one and later in the week blanked Howard, 5-0.

“It feels good to win after having a three-game losing streak,” forward Aimee Luurtsema said. “We haven’t scored since the Marshall game, and I was happy that I could help my team out.” 

The Flames controlled Southern Virginia from the opening touch, finishing the first half, 4-0. Luurtsema scored two goals and assisted in two goals to bolster her individual performance.  

After their impressive performance against Southern Virginia, the Flames won, 5-0, against Howard. Luurtsema led the Flames with three goals and another victory. 

“If our team focuses and plays together, we will reach our potential which we are very capable of doing,” Allen said. 

The Flames were excited to be back on their home field. Playing away games can take its toll on a team especially at the beginning of the season.

“It’s great to play to home because our first seven of eight games were played on the road,” Allen said. “I think that will help us to prepare for our conference play.”

Although the Flames were in control of both games this week, Allen wants to improve on certain aspects of the game.

“I think we can improve on putting together a full 90-minute game,” Allen said. “We have a good group we just need to learn how to develop a complete game on both sides of the ball.”

The Flames are almost halfway through with their season. There are 10 games left in the season, but they feels like they are in a favorable position to achieve their goals at the end of the year. 

“We started out 1-6 last year,” Luurtsema said. “We came back to win our conference, so I like where we are at right now.” 

The Lady Flames appear to have set themselves up great for another repeat. There have been a lot of close games and ties but finishing strong is something that this team wants to see happen over the next 10 games. 

“We struggled to put SC State away but we are working on playing an entire game,” Luurtsema said. “I feel if we can put a total game together with this group of girls that we will be hard to beat.” 

The Lady Flames continue play Sept. 24 against Longwood.

 

HORNEFFER is a sports reporter.


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