Sept. 27, 2013
Soccer Remains Confident for Rematch with GriffonsBy David Boyce | Soccer vs. Missouri Western | Friday, Sept. 27, 4 p.m. | Bearcat Pitch | Live Stats
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Several hours before playing Missouri Western in a non-conference game in St. Joseph Tuesday afternoon, Northwest Missouri State junior forward Beth Walde said the Bearcats were very close to picking up victories.
A 1-4 start on the season had not sapped her optimism on the season.
“We are just not getting the results,” Walde said. “We are getting unlucky breaks. I’d say we are playing better than the teams we lost to.”
So on Tuesday, the Bearcats went into St. Joseph, Mo., with an agenda.
“We want to gain confidence,” Walde said. “I think it will help us a lot. I think we need to get that win under our belt and that will get us going.”
Well, Northwest failed to get a win, but it got the next best thing: a road tie.
The result should help the Bearcats when they get a rematch with Missouri Western at 4 p.m., Friday in a MIAA game at the Bearcat Pitch.
Northwest has played in three straight overtime games. The first two resulted in a loss. “Only one of the losses is a conference game,” Walde said.
Once again, Walde shows her optimism and belief in her teammates.
“I think all the players are like that,” Northwest coach Tracy Hoza said. “It comes from the leadership of Kelsey Adams, Jordan Albright and Anna Calgaard. They are pretty upbeat people and that trickles down to all the rest of the players.”
Facing Missouri Western always brings out the best in the Bearcats. It definitely did last season for Walde. She scored a game-winning goal against the Griffons.
“It was awesome,” she said.
Numerous reasons exist why Walde believes the Bearcats will turn this season around.
“We take the time to talk outside of soccer about keeping a positive approach,” she said. “We have a ton of talent. There is no doubt about that. We know we can win. Everybody has confidence.”
Hoza has confidence in Walde. She saw a skillful player when she was recruiting Calgaard at Millard West in Omaha, Neb. Walde and Calgaard were high school teammates.
“Beth was really quick and made a lot of runs going forward in high school,” Hoza said. “Beth can actually see the next play when we make those runs. She understands the game and understands it when we are going forward.”
Whether the Bearcats are 1-4 or 4-1, Walde has the ability to make you believe Northwest soccer team is the best in the MIAA.
She is majoring in business and has an infatuation with the law. She said she will probably return to Omaha and go to Creighton for graduate school for business or law school. Her love for business developed when she went to work with her dad a few times. He is vice president of Omaha Public Power District.
“I really like the corporate world. I think I’d do really well there,” she said.
“I’ve had teachers and parents tell me I would be a good lawyer. Yes, I’m good at arguing.”
By watching her on the soccer field, Hoza figures Walde would make a good lawyer one day.
“Absolutely,” Hoza said. “If you can compete, get through challenges and problem solve, it is what being in law school is all about, not that I’ve been in law school.”
For now, the only case Walde wants to make is that the Northwest soccer team is poised to put together a nice win streak.
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