Soccer team focuses on teamwork, intensity

The Lady Frogs soccer team will be looking for a more consistent team effort when they face the Sam Houston Bearkats and the Nebraska Cornhuskers this weekend.The team will kick off their weekend by facing the Bearkats Friday night at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium, and then will travel to Lincoln, Neb. to play the Cornhuskers Sunday.

Senior defender Karissa Hill said the Frogs (3-3) will need to work on staying focused from start to finish.

“I think mainly, we need to make sure we keep our focus and intensity,” Hill said. “We need to keep having strong, consistent performances from everybody.”

Freshman midfielder Michelle Nguyen said the players are becoming a cohesive unit.

“As the season has progressed, I think we are connecting a lot better, and we are starting to find each other on the field a lot better, too,” Nguyen said.

Head coach Dan Abdalla said that ball possession will be one of the keys to success this weekend.

“The biggest thing we are going to try and do is keep the ball,” Abdalla said. “We just want to try and maintain possession. If we can do that, I think we are going to be very successful.”

Coach Abdalla said that one of “the fun parts” of this team is that he can look to more than one player to make a big play when needed.

“We have Lauren Pope who has been scoring a lot of goals and also, Lizzy Karoly, Chelsea White, and Michelle Nguyen,” Abdalla said. “All those kids can make an impact at any given time.”

Even though the team is relatively young, Hill is confident when comparing this year’s squad to previous teams.

“I think just overall, we have a better team, technically,” Hill said. “We are a lot more skilled this year than we have been in the past.”

The Frogs have high hopes for their season, but both Abdalla and Hill agree that the main priority for this season is to improve from last season’s 6-11 record.

“We just want to be better than we were last year,” Abdalla said. “If we do that, we are going to put ourselves in a position to maybe make a run for some things.