On Friday, Oct. 2, the Cougars faced Jacksonville State University. The game went into overtime, but Jacksonville scored the only goal of the game, causing the Cougars to fall.
Head Coach Derek Burton said he was pleased with the way his team played, but he was disappointed with the outcome of the game.
“It was a frustrating outcome,” Burton said. “We didn’t deserve the outcome we got, but we just couldn’t put the ball in the goal. We just weren’t able to do it, despite playing well.”
Although Burton said he was not happy his team could not get the win, he was extremely proud of the performance the Cougars displayed throughout the game.
“We started well,” Burton said. “We dominated the first half and for the majority of the game. We out-chanced them, and we outplayed them, and that was just taking what we did in practice.”
During the game, the Cougars had two saves, 10 corner kicks, six shots on goal and acquired eight fouls.
Burton said he was very proud of the performance junior midfielder Kassidy Rawdon had throughout the game.
“She was outstanding the entire game and really, the whole season,” Burton said. “She stepped in offensively even though she is a defender.”
Burton said the Cougars have been playing at a high level, but scoring has been their main issue.
“Putting the ball in the net has been a problem and is what we are lacking,” Burton said. “We have been playing well, so scoring is our next step.”
Although the Cougars were not able to get the win Friday, Burton said he was still proud of the performance they displayed throughout the entire game.
“I am extremely proud of our effort, and I think that we played at a high level,” Burton said. “But sometimes, the game can be difficult and cruel.”
On Oct. 4, the Cougars were able to bounce back from Jacksonville to get their first win since facing Missouri State University. They beat Belmont University 1-0 with a goal near the end of the first half.
Burton said he was proud of his team’s win and of the games they had over the past few weeks, although he said he believed the Cougars did not start the game very well.
“We didn’t have a great start. We needed to be reactive rather than proactive,” Burton said. “Once we did that, we reestablished ourselves and started to make our imprint.”
Burton said he did not really notice any major differences from the way the Cougars played against Jacksonville State than the way they played against Belmont University.
“We played well on Friday, and we finally got to the level we needed to be at,” Burton said. “We created some good chances, but the biggest difference was that we finally put the ball back in the net.”
Freshman forward and midfielder Courtney Benning was able to score the winning goal for the Cougars.
The Cougars had 10 shots on goal, six saves, two corner kicks and only five fouls. Burton said he was especially proud of the performance sophomore defender Sarah Olson had.
“She played a defensive midfield role, and really helped sacrificing for the win,” Burton said. “She did what she had to do in order to make the play and putting everything out their for her teammates.”
Burton said he is happy with his team and hopes the win will allow them to move forward with the rest of the season.
“The result that we had for the game was very positive,” Burton said. “Hopefully with the result that we received today, it can be something that we can build with.”
The Cougars play against Morehead State University Friday, Oct. 9 at Korte Stadium at 7 p.m.