As volleyball was dealing with the elevation inside the gym, the soccer team was dealing with the elevation and dry Colorado heat out on the field this past weekend. Competing against Bethel College who had a 30 player deep roster and a seasoned Wildcats team, the Cyclones fought their way through the weekend.
The team traveled to Denver missing a few key players from the defensive line and attacking formation. As the heat set in on Saturday two integral defensive players suffered from light-headedness and dizziness; leaving the Cyclones to fill those gaps with younger players.
Sophomore Anais Uriarte led the defensive line from the goal, directing players and helping organize. Other returners, such as senior Jessica Wong, junior Beatriz Avila, senior Pricilla Cardenas, helped Uriarte in organizing the team throughout the weekend. These returners stepped into a leadership role and helped keep the team engaged during some difficult game play.
Head coach Lilia Dosalmas expressed, "These were some challenging matches to navigate for the team...Since we have so many new players with less competitive playing experience, we are continually introducing concepts and creating routines that will raise the program level overall."
With a game coming up on Friday, Dosalmas wants to focus on the team's conditioning and help further develop their defensive shape. She added, "This weekend was an opportunity for team dynamics to solidify, and to establish positive habits that will carry us through the season."
The Cyclones will compete at home on Friday, Sept 13th against Academy of the Arts.