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Women’s soccer team is fighting injuries

Backline hurting as Vikings drop two league matches in Indiana

By Amanda Wood

Oct. 13, 2011

Cleveland State women’s soccer is having a rough time competing with other teams in the Horizon League. CSU fell short to Valparaiso on Sunday (Oct. 9).

The Vikings were on the road this past week playing Butler and Valparaiso, both teams out of Indiana. The loss to Valparaiso dropped CSU to 8-5-1 overall and 1-3-1 in league play.

“We didn’t come out with a lot of energy and intensity today, and that cost us in the end,” said Derrek Falor, head coach. “We didn’t go hard after loose balls, didn’t win a lot of 50-50 balls, and our passing wasn’t very crisp. Those factors didn’t give us very many good scoring chances, and Valparaiso had a chance late that they capitalized on.”

Last season CSU finished third in the Horizon League, going 5-3-0 in conference games. This was the best season in school history, and with six starters returning from last year’s team, expectations are high.

The Vikings were picked fifth in the 2011 Horizon League Preseason Poll that was announced on Aug. 5. The poll is spot-on as of right now. CSU is standing strong in fifth place with only three league games left to play.

“We’re really banged up with some injuries, especially on the back line, so this is probably a good week to step away from league play, rest some injuries and get ready for our final three Horizon League matches,” Falor said. “We’ll take the next few days off and get ourselves re-energized and re-focused.”

Play has changed in the Horizon League since last season. Butler finished in first, and now they’re just one step ahead of CSU, sitting in fourth place.
Wednesday (Oct. 5) the Vikings shutout Butler 1-0. Natalie Daniels scored in the 10th minute of the game to receive the victory.

“This was a gritty, gritty win for us today,” Falor said. “We came out very calm and relaxed and played the way I know we are capable of playing. We hit a little lull over the previous 10 days, but I think today showed the kind of team we are.”
Hopefully, with all injuries rested, the Vikings will be back and ready to wipe out the last four games of the season. CSU will be back in action Oct. 15 when they play a non-conference game at Longwood.