Provided by: Wayland Baptist University
The Wayland Baptist women's soccer team traveled to the Metroplex this weekend with seven wins under its belt. When they climbed in the bus for the journey back home, the Pioneers took with them a new record for wins in a season.
After defeating Northwood, 2-1, on Thursday, Wayland picked up its ninth win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Southwestern Assemblies of God University on Saturday afternoon.
Wayland head coach Shiloh Posey said his squad's Sooner Athletic Conference win wasn't pretty, but he was proud of the Pioneers nonetheless.
"We didn't play a very pretty game," Posey said. "We battled all day long, and I've seen games where we played better, but we found a way to battle through and I'm proud of the girls for setting a new (school) record for wins."
Wayland broke the previous record of wins in a season of eight set last year.
Against SAGU, the Pioneers (9-4, 4-1 SAC) got off to a slow start and were unable to get anything going offensively in the first half. Posey said the uneventful first half could be attributed to a number of issues.
"We could have been mentally lazy," he said. "Maybe we anticipated an easy win, or because we had a day off on Friday we just lost our concentration."
After one half, the Pioneers and the Lady Lions (2-9, 0-3) were all tied up at zero apiece. Posey recognized that his squad was struggling, so he shook up the lineup to try to get them going.
"We made some changes in personnel in the second half," he said. "We got several shots off, but couldn't make them count until the end of the match."
With approximately 10 minutes left, the Pioneers had a corner kick that got knocked around several times in the box before Megan Ward was finally able to come up with the ball and put it in the net.
Ward, who had played in only one other match this season, scored her first goal of the year. The goal for the freshman from Sand Creek, Colo., proved to be the difference-maker as Wayland took the 1-0 win.
Posey continued to boast about his team, even though they didn't put their best performance out on the field on Saturday.
"I'm proud of the way we continued to fight," he said. "Everyone encouraged everyone the entire time. We used everybody, and everyone really contributed a whole lot today."
The coach also took time to reflect on the already record-breaking season that still has five games left in the schedule.
"The girls have played well, they've played together and they've played hard," he said. "When the ball doesn't bounce our way, we continue to battle...our maturity and experience has put us in a good place to be successful.
"Today we set a record (for wins in a season), but we're not satisfied. We're going to continue to work and give everything we've got to win as many games as we can."
The Pioneers will look to add to their record at 3 p.m. Tuesday when they host St. Gregory's (5-5-1, 0-4) at J.V. Hilliard Field.
"We had a good road trip and it's nice to get a couple of wins, but we're looking forward to Tuesday," Posey said. "We're striving to get three wins in a row."