Coach: Team to work on unity heading into conference games

After a heartbreaking 1-0 double overtime loss to the Rice Owls, Horned Frogs’ soccer returns home for a 7 p.m. match against the UT-San Antonio Roadrunners. With the first conference game less than a month away, the team is primarily focused on building team unity and preparing for conference, head coach Dan Abdalla said.

“We are using these games as preparation to teach the team how to win once we get into conference,” Abdalla said.

The team, which is still integrating 12 new players into its regular rotation, is sporting a 1-2-0 record in nonconference play heading into tonight’s match.

Abdalla said the team has already started to develop good chemistry and unity on the field, but it will be an ongoing process heading into conference play.

With Monday’s rain and showers expected to carry on into today, Abdalla said the weather could play a role in the match against the Roadrunners.

“It could make it interesting,” Abdalla said, “but it will be good practice to deal with that adversity and see how we handle it.”

Although UTSA is battle-tested thanks to two early-season matches against Big 12 opponents in Baylor and Texas Tech, Abdalla said the team will be ready and hungry for a win when both teams hit the field.

Last season the Horned Frogs beat UTSA 3-0 at home and then-freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Vross notched her first career shutout.