Ichabods breeze past the Jets

Taylor Mayhew, senior defender, runs for the ball. Mayhew made an impressive score in minute 52 of the game.

The Ichabod soccer team had their first conference game against rival Emporia State on Friday. The team had trouble settling down and getting in to a good rhythm and fell 2-0. Sunday, the Ichabods were back home against Newman University. This time things went the complete opposite as Danielle Curtis, senior, scored in the 6th minute off of a free kick.

“At Emporia state it took us about thirty minutes to settle down and find our rhythm and we didn’t have a very good attack,” said coach Tim Collins.

At halftime the Ichabods led 2-0 as Whitney Skinner, sophomore, scored in the 38th minute. Coming out at half the Ichabods maintained their same momentum as Taylor Mayhew, senior, scored in minute 52. This was a complete turnaround from Friday’s game.

“We had a lot more intensity in this game because Friday’s loss ignited a fire under team since we wanted to come out and get a win,” said Curtis.

The players even noticed their own improvements as the team eventually went on to win 4-0 with Curtis getting her second goal of another free kick in the 56th minute.

“The team put away their scoring opportunities this game,” said Collins.

While progression is being made, the players still feel like there are certain areas that can be improved in order to get more wins and have a better season.

“As a team I think we can continue to win and grow while learning to play off each other better,” said Curtis.

Some individual improvements can also become something the team as a whole has to work on in order to progress throughout the season.

“We should not rush opportunities and I want to score more goals have more possession time,” said Mayhew.

The Ichabods still have time to learn from missed opportunities. While some may seem minor, others might cost the team later on in the season as the level of competition increases and wins are at a premium as teams are vying for a conference title.

“The team had more consistency and settled down the score could have be 8-0 and we just have to practice taking better care of the ball,” said Collins.