Women’s soccer look for a MAC win

Evan Hayes and Evan Hayes

After a disappointing weekend of two dropped games, the Bowling Green State University womens soccer team will look to secure their first conference win of the season going into this Friday. The Falcons will see the University of Akron at Cochrane Stadium Friday and the University of Buffalo on Sunday.

Now sitting 0-2 in the MAC, the biggest challenge the Falcons are facing is mental.

“I think it’s just confidence and self-belief,” head coach Lindsay Basalyga said. “I think, from what we can control as a coaching staff, we can clean things up on the attack still and be a bit more disciplined on the defensive side of the ball. But overall I think that it’s a mentality and a self-belief that we are good enough to be competing in the MAC.”

The Falcons have dropped three straight games and their hot offense that led the MAC in goals scored earlier this season has been no where to be found. BG has only scored one goal during their three-game losing streak and they struggled particularly against Ball State with possession of the ball. They allowed 24 shots compared to just seven of their own.

Despite their recent struggles, the team is confident their age will help in their recover.

“I think it will be easy, honestly, to bounce back because we are young team,” Basalyga said. “I think our youth is going to allow us to bounce back.”

“I think just knowing who we are as a team and our strengths, and play to them for our advantage,” Mikaela Couch said. “Continuing to have fun and really just doing what we do best.”

Akron finished last season with the worst record in the conference at 2-9-0, while Buffalo was the top team in the conference with a record of 9-0-2. With the two matches this weekend taking place at home, the Falcons have a chance of putting the losing streak behind them.

“We’ve got to stay positive,” Couch said. “The past games are in the past and we’ve got to continue to move forward.”

The Falcons have been second in the MAC in home attendance, averaging 520 fans per game with a 3-3-0 record versus a 1-2-1 record on the road. BG shut out their first three games at home this season and set the record for home attendance with 803 fans in their opener.

The Falcons will be in action this Friday against the Zips at 7 p.m., and then against Buffalo on Sunday at 1 p.m. with both matches at Cochrane Stadium.