SOUTHWESTERN SUFFERS FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON (2/12/05)
The Bucs travelled up to Arlington on Saturday for the first ever
NORTEX Tourney, in which teams from many of the different
conferences in the nation made the trip to see how they matched up
against those of us in the LSA.
Southwestern's first game of the weekend was against WCLL opponent
UC-Irvine, a team, which honestly did not have much publicity in
its own league.
Over the past four years, Southwestern has continued to try and
improve its program by playing out of conference opponents. Each
time, however, we have come up on the short end. Unfortunately,
the game against UCI was no different.
The game started with UCI scoring two quick goals on SU off of
iso's up top before we were able to make adjustments on that. By
the end of one, the score was 3-0 in favor of UCI, and SU was, for
lack of a better word, flat.
As the second quarter started, so did the rain, which did not let
up for the rest of the day. Without much intensity, and facing a
team that was very well coached and came ready to play, the Bucs
refused to set up in offense, forcing shots and passes, and
missing many opportunities that were available.
For instance UCI ran rides that included their goalie coming out
to the top of their box, often leaving an attackman open in front
of the crease with no one else around. While SU realized this
early on and even placed an attackman behind the goal as all
players were instructed to shoot for the empty net from the other
side of the field on clears, only one shot made it in, off a
rocket half-field shot by Gette. Several other shots just missed
early on which would have made the game much different for the
As it turned out, the strategy for UCI worked and SU was not able
to capitalize, and by half-time took a 6-1 lead over a very
frazzled SU team.
At half-time the UTA representatives decided to call all the
games, with no idea of when or if the games would be "resumed".
After some conversations, it was decided to resume the game at
another field. After waiting for maintenance to fill in some
dangerous holes on the field and standing in the rain for over an
hour, the second half resumed. However, SU was not able to make
the comeback that they had hoped for. The rain had made all
bounce shots almost obsolete, and SU still refused to settle the
ball on offense, with every person touching the ball feeling they
themselves had to find a way to make something happen.
The defense did do an exceptional job all day, and only allowed 2
goals in the second half against UCI. Most goals were off of fast
breaks as UCI was able to catch our middies still in the box many
times while getting the ball to their attack.
Credit must be given to the Anteaters as they were a very
disciplined team, and flat out came to play. The made very few
mistakes, while SU made many.
UCI was definitely the better team and flat out out-hustled SU, and
literally outplayed the Bucs the entire game.
Oddly enough, after winning its first three games at home solidly,
it was a loss that woke the guys on the team up.
Congrats to the UCI team and their coaches, who played with class
and ended up dominating the teams they played at the tourney,
going home 3-0 for the trip.
SU went to Jake and Sample's house to dry off and get prepared for
NSU, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year.
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