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Soccer ready to kick off season as Edwards looks for progress

With the team getting better year after year, expectations are high for coach Chad Edwards and the Missouri Western soccer team.

“I think the goal always is to get a playoff game and win a championship, and I think with the team we have and the girls we have coming in, there is a very real chance that that could happen. We have to take it one step at a time though and we gotta focus on the next game and getting better each day and each year,” said Edwards.

After last year, even with the great season they had, Edwards was still slightly disappointed. “When you have a season like that, looking back yeah it was a great year, but we dropped a lot of games that we should’ve won and we played worse than our team really is,” Edwards said.

“When you have a season like that, looking back yeah it was a great year, but we dropped a lot of games that we should’ve won and we played worse than our team really is,” Edwards said.

Even with this, Edwards still was and still is proud of his girls, seeing the improvements they’ve made over the offseason, especially with the new girls on the squad. “We have 13 returners and 11 new players,” Edwards stated. “This preseason as you know the girls went to Spain and it was a great opportunity for the girls to gain chemistry even before the season started.”

“We have 13 returners and 11 new players,” Edwards said. “This preseason, as you know, the girls went to Spain and it was a great opportunity for the girls to gain chemistry even before the season started.”

One of the things Edwards is really proud of with this team is the chemistry. “We’ve got our returners who know where they stand and how to help the younger players and we got the returners who know what mentality they need to keep going,” Edwards said. “We have an abundance of leaders on this team, girls who can really take control when needed and it’s nice to have one or two, but we have 6-7 on this team alone, and that makes for quick great chemistry.”

“We’ve got our returners who know where they stand and how to help the younger players and we got the returners who know what mentality they need to keep going,” Edwards said. “We have an abundance of leaders on this team, girls who can really take control when needed and it’s nice to have one or two, but we have 6-7 on this team alone, and that makes for quick great chemistry.”

One thing Edwards stressed in the preseason was the mentality they needed to have, and he noticed a change. “The team’s mindset changed to them expecting to win their games instead of just wanting to win. With that mindset, you also have to make sure you don’t take any game for granted and I don’t think these girls will,” Edwards said. “I love the fact that these girls have this mindset know and this is really what we needed to go to the next level.”

Edwards feels like Paige Phipps, Bridget Blessie, Lexie Martin, all returning captains, will have a great impact on the season, not only on the field but in the locker room too.

“Having those presences on the field and just in the lives of the new girls, will really help them. Our chemistry will be better, the new girls will be better acclimated to the style and feeling of the team and they’ll already be ready for the college experience,” Edwards explained.

They look to start their quest for a national championship when they welcome Ouachita Baptist to Missouri Western on Sept 1st.

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