The disadvantage of playing a hard schedule is that if you don’t get things just right, you’re likely to lose. The advantage of playing a hard schedule is that you find out a lot about yourself in those games. That certainly held true for our opening weekend in Florida. After a lightning delay Friday night, we lined up for a late night tilt with Florida Gulf Coast in front of over 1,500 fans, the third largest crowd in their history. It was a tough opponent, who was defensively inclined to make things hard for us on the evening, and they did a good job of limiting chances. We were able to generate ten corner kicks through the game, two of which produced easy chances to finish, but inexplicably neither were converted. A goal would opened the game up, but it never came. A 0-0 tie, and a frustrated group of boys!
We have a few days for our training room to earn its keep before we face two soccer powerhouses here at Shaw Field. Akron visits the Hilltop on Friday afternoon followed up by the #1 ranked team in the country, UCLA, on Monday. A great opportunity for us to bounce back!
I’ll let you know how things go against Akron, and, in the meantime, Go Hoyas!