Following a successful regular season on Sunday, Nov. 2, against Valdosta State, the women’s soccer team entered the playoffs with a quarterfinal match against Christian Brothers. In a close match, the Tigers defeated CBU in a 2-0 victory that would place them in a semifinals match with rival North Alabama.
On Friday, Nov. 7, the Tigers faced off with the Lions for an opportunity to play in the championship match for the GSC championship title.
Though the Tigers created many chances at the goal, a fluke goal would put the Lions ahead, ending the match in a 1-0 victory for the Lions. The Tigers would then find out their season had ended, after the revealing of the regional qualifying teams to compete for the NCAA Division II Championship, on Monday, Nov. 10.
Concluding the results and contemplating the factors that contributed to the semifinal loss, head coach Graeme Orr said, “Playing Tuesday [and] then Friday was hard. We had played Sunday, Wednesday, Sunday,Tuesday, and Friday, which was five games in 12 days; We knew the games were always going to take its toll on the legs. However, the first goal was vital; we had great opportunities even right the end. If a major referee decision went our way, I believe we would have made it to the finals.”
Despite the disappointing news, Coach Orr said, “I’m extremely proud of the achievements of the team. It was our best record in the history of the program, and we competed and beat the top teams in our Region.”
The highlight of the season was the coveted victory against West Florida. The Tigers previously had never beaten UWF, until this season. Coupled with unfair judgment from referees and an away-game disadvantage, the Tigers 1-0 victory proved to be the season highlight.
After the successful season, Orr plans to focus on “improving in the spring technically, tactically, and physically. Playing hard teams and carrying on a high level of consistency against top region teams,” will prepare the Tigers for the 2015 fall season.
For the upcoming season, the Tigers hope to “compete in every game, be consistent enough to put a strong run together in the region and conference and try to finish high up the rankings as possible. The goal must be to reach the final of GSC as that gives you a better chance to compete in the finals,” said Orr.
As of now, the Tigers are in off-season; however, the women’s team will return to action in the spring of 2015.