The women’s soccer team is already underway this weekend, but I thought I’d provide a few of head coach Krista McKendree’s thoughts as the Aces head on their first real road trip of the season.
Q: After tallying five goals in two games, how would you say your offense is performing right now?
MCKENDREE: “Continuity and confidence is pretty good right now. We’ll see on the road, obviously this will be our first real road weekend to be able to test it. But if we’ve been playing like we have been paying the last couple of weeks it should be at least competitive games to get some results.”
Q: You said earlier you wanted some ‘weapons’ on the attack. Would you say the team has a few weapons right now?
MCKENDREE: “Right now we’ve got a pretty fluid attack. When the kids have a desire to be dynamic and make quick decisions on the attack, it’s when we usually create some very good chances. When we just kind of hang out and wait for things to happen, that’s when we’re a little bit stale.”
Q: Sophomore forward Abby Springer finally found the back of the net last week. Do you think goals will come easier for her now that she’s got the first couple under her belt?
MCKENDREE: “Hopefully. Her work rate is always the same, doesn’t matter if she’s scoring goals or not, which is good and an easier way to get out any confidence issues.”
Q: You’ve been stressing that you want the team to play a full 90 minutes. Have you played a complete game yet?
MCKENDREE: “I think for the most part. There have been some moments where we’ve looked a little shaky on either end, and sometimes in the same game on both ends, but I feel like, for the most part, we’ve played relatively complete games. I’m not saying that’s perfect — we still have things to work on — but when we do what we’re good at, we get good results.”
Q: What goes into playing a full 90 minutes?
MCKENDREE: “For the most part, it’s making sure that we’re sharp and making quick decisions—that’s the biggest thing that we’ve been focusing on this week. Don’t’ second guess yourself, don’t take too logn to make a decision. When w’ere decisive and execute quickly, we get good results.”
Q: What’s going to be the biggest challenge for the team this weekend?
MCKENDREE: “The biggest thing is trying to win on the road. Doesn’t matter who you’re playing, winning on the road is hard, getting a result on the road is hard. If we want to do well in the conference — we’ve got 3 road games in the conference — we’ve got to get results on the road.”