Soccer to face rival ESU

Ben Fitch

The Lady Blues are 12 games deep, and coach Tim Collins said the team is not where it wants to be with its 6-6 record.

“I don’t think it’s a recurring problem,” said Collins. “We just need to play with more confidence.”

He said the team didn’t get enough attack on the ball during the game against Nebraska-Omaha, which cost Washburn the game by one goal. Before that, the Blues lost to Northwest Missouri State by two goals. But practice is going well, said Collins.

The match up with Nebraska-Omaha proved to be a learning experience, said Ashley Klone, captain. The team played in freezing weather on a field covered with goose poop.

But Klone was ultimately concerned with what might give the Blues the advantage when they face Nebraska at Omaha again, Oct. 22.

“They got a lot of shots off on us, but not a lot of shots were on goal,” said Klone. “It’s frustrating because a lot of the games we lost we shouldn’t have lost. If you look at the stats we are often the better team. And we will get to see all of those teams again.”

The Blues will face Emporia State, Thursday. Emporia State is last in the MIAA rankings.