After soaring to 12 wins and one draw through the first four weeks of the season, the men’s and women’s soccer teams were the talk of campus. Both teams unbeaten status’ came to an abrupt stop over the span of two days. This weekend, the Bluejays played three games in Omaha and came away with one win and two losses.
On Friday, the women’s soccer team lost 2-0 to UMKC at Morrison stadium.
On Saturday, during the Jays’ Homecoming match, the men’s soccer team fell 1-0 in overtime to Saint Louis.
The women’s team picked up the lone win of the weekend on Sunday, 2-1 in overtime, as the visiting team on the scoreboard against UNO.
The pair of setbacks simply mean neither team will finish unbeaten, but it doesn’t signify an end of hope for a successful season. The squads now know what losing feels like and can’t let it get the best of them.
With the season nearing the halfway point, both programs are about to begin their conference schedules.
Neither team looked sharp through its first Big East conference season a year ago. The men’s team was forced to make long road trips to the east coast that required three and sometimes four days away from the Midwest. The Jays finished 1-3-1 on the road during Big East play.
The women’s team suffered through the nine-game conference schedule with only two victories.
This season, the men’s schedule favors the boys in blue, so they must take advantage of the friendly agenda in order to fight for the program’s first Big East title.
The women’s squad looks stronger than a season ago, but has to keep its intensity level high through each game to have chance to even make the Big East postseason tournament.
Despite the two losses during Alumni weekend, the Jays are destined to do big things for the rest of the season if they can continue to play complete games, move past each loss and focus on improving each time they step on the pitch.