Oct. 10, 2013
Soccer Returns Home to Face HornetsBy David Boyce | Northwest vs. Emporia State | 3:30 p.m. | Bearcat Pitch | Live Stats | Kickin' for a Cure
*Note: This game was originally scheduled for 3 p.m. and has been moved to 3:30 p.m.
MARYVILLE, Mo. - For several reasons, Northwest Missouri State women’s soccer team sees Friday’s 3:30 p.m. game against Emporia State at the Bearcat Pitch as the perfect opportunity to turn in its best performance of the season.
The Bearcats definitely want to play at its best for “Kickin for Cure.” Northwest has partnered with St. Francis Hospital to help create awareness and education of breast cancer. The event is part of the national NCAA campaign “Kick for the Cure,” and the team will be wearing custom pink jerseys in support of the event.
Northwest wants to show the same fighting spirit as survivors of breast cancer. A win against Emporia State could help the Bearcats get in a winning groove.
The Bearcats enter the soccer match 3-6-1 overall and 1-3 in the MIAA. Meanwhile, Emporia State, a squad Northwest has had success against in the past few years, is 5-4-2 overall and 2-1-2 and in third place in the MIAA.
“It is going to be a big week for us,” said senior goalie Kelsey Adams. “Last weekend was hard. We have this week to refocus. Two wins are going to be important this week. Hopefully, we will go out there and get back to what we know.”
Last weekend Northwest lost 1-0 at Northeastern State on Friday and 3-0 at Central Oklahoma on Sunday.
Coach Tracy Hoza felt her team was a little leg weary Sunday, playing its third game of the week.
“Sometimes when you are on the road for all of them, it is a little bit tougher,” Hoza said. “We were in three different hotels last week. We try to make sure we eat right. We keep them active and keep them studying. It is a little tough but every team in the conference is in the same boat.
“I think we were pushed a little last week. We might change things around a little bit with positions. We know our seniors will step up this week.”
This weekend is a bit easier because one of the games is at home. Northwest plays at Washburn on Sunday. The Ichabods are 5-5-1 and 2-2-1.
Northwest, though, is focused only on Emporia State.
“We have had success against Emporia,” Hoza said. “This game is very important, especially after two losses on the road. We want to regroup, re-gather and recover. That is our goal going into this week.
“If we start putting things together and connecting passes, it will come our way. We just have to be patient.”
One player who has been putting it together not only this year but for her entire career at Northwest is Adams. On Oct. 1 at Graceland, Adams recorded nine saves and set the all-time career saves mark with 344 saves. The old mark was 339 saves by Kathie Leach from 1999-2001.
“They are legit saves,” Hoza said. “She is literally saving the goal. It is great for her to get that. She is a hard worker. She is very committed to Northwest and very committed to soccer.”
Adams, who is a team player, said the record is meaningful to her.
“It shows how hard I’ve worked with the team,” Adams said. “They work hard. As a goalie, you do not get too much attention. It is kind of nice to do something like that.”
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