The Miners will take their show on the road this weekend. On Friday, the ladies will play the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin, and then, on Sunday the Miners will take on the Bobcats of Texas State.
The Miners are 3-0-0 for the season, with wins over New Mexico State, Houston Baptist, and Prairie View A&M. The games so far have basically been tuneups. The competition gets much tougher this weekend.
The Lumberjacks are 1-2-0 for the season, but their first loss came against SMU, 2 goals to 1. The winning goal didn’t come until the 87TH minute of the game. Then, four days later, they lost to Tulsa, in a 1-0 match. They got their first win over Oral Roberts, 4-0.
“Stephen F. Austin is picked to win their conference, and last year we played at their place and beat them in overtime,” said Coach Cross. “They’ve got a very good team. I think they’re a better team than last year. They’ve played our conference really close. This is a big test for us.”
I asked the girls, Chandra Morden, and Jessie Pettit about the step up in competition.
“Oh, yeah,” said Chandra.
“Finally,” said Jessie.
“I think that was our last exhibition for the people. Now, it’s starting to get tough,” said Chandra.
The two recalled the game last year in which the Miners were taken into overtime before they were able to put SFA away.
“It was a tough game,” said Chandra.
“And we were really good, in the beginning last year, too. So, that was very…whoa,” said Jessie, looking for the right word to describe the toughness of that game.
“An eye opener,” Chandra jumped in to help.
“We have a tough weekend ahead of us,” said Chandra.
Jessie is looking forward to playing Texas State, who is 1-2, at their place in San Marcos.
“It’s like right next to my house,” Jessie said, beaming.
The one common opponent for the Miners and the Bobcats was Prairie View A&M, and the Bobcats won their game, 6-0.
Head Coach Kevin Cross was feeling better about the health of his players on Tuesday than he was after last Saturday’s game, when the Miners Tori Martyn, and Gina Soto were injured. There was concern that Soto may have been seriously injured when a Prairie View A&M player slid right into Soto’s foot. X-rays showed that there were no bones broken. The bones were bruised but she should be back, soon. Tori Martyn was back, running at practice on Tuesday.
“I’ve used up a lot of my luck, here, this week. But, I’m in a much better mood today, than I was on Sunday night,” said Cross, Tuesday afternoon.