A four-game winning streak, first place in the division, and a playoff spot secured isn’t enough for the women’s soccer team.
A tough non-conference schedule ended with CMU sitting at 0-7-1 on the season and a team rattled with injuries and inconsistent performances. However, the times seemed to have changed, as the Chippewas sit atop their respected division and have meaningful games to play late in the season.
“To have success as you get late in the season, you have to speak the language you’ve been speaking the entire time,” said head coach Peter McGahey. “If I’m having to say things I haven’t said all season, the message is mixed.”
That message has been heard loud and clear, and it’s showing on the field right now.
Consistency was not a word one might have used to describe this team early on in the season, but with the way this team has performed throughout conference play, consistency is now a word being used in every game to describe the Chippewas.
McGahey said that everything the team has discussed throughout the season has built the framework for what the team is showing on the field.
“The groundwork for the things we have been talking about is what we have been applying in games,” McGahey said.
This message is one of focus, resiliency, determination and winning. Each of these words has been heard time and time again in practice and following games.
Junior forward Laura Gosse has seemingly feeds off this momentum and this message. She said she is playing with a lot of confidence right now and is always trying to bring positive energy to each practice and game.
“I’m pretty confident out there, but not overly confident. It’s good to have that balance and not to play scared,” Gosse said. “I try to bring a lot energy, not just to myself but to my teammates. My teammates help me out a lot.”