Tech’s soccer team will end the non-conference portion of its season with a game against Radford University at 1 p.m. tomorrow. With Ohio Valley Conference play just around the corner for the Golden Eagles, they will look to use this game to tune up some things in order to compete effectively.The team has had a productive season so far during non-conference play, playing teams such as Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt and Louisiana Tech to help them get better and find their strengths and weaknesses against better competition. This week should be no different.
The Golden Eagles played Radford last year and suffered a tough loss when Radford scored a goal to go ahead in the last seven minutes of the contest, leaving Tech with a somewhat bitter taste.
“This week in practice, we have been focusing on our fitness,” senior forward Brooke Mayo said. “We have been focusing on being able to compete from whistle to whistle. We have barely even touched a soccer ball.”
As the schedule shows, the Golden Eagles have played some very tough competitors, in efforts to help them get a “leg up”, so to speak, on OVC competition.
Going into the last game, the Golden Eagles will be looking for consistency and settling in the formation before conference play.
“I think that we should do well in our conference games,” Mayo said, “given that we have played some big schools already that have prepared us well.”
The game this week has been coined the “Purple Out” game. Fans are asked to wear purple in support of the Golden Eagles and fill the stands.
“We have the best fans in the OVC, and it really helps us get pumped up and perform when we see all of the people cheering for us and having a good time,” Mayo said.
This will be the last home game for the Golden Eagles until Oct. 15, when they play against Southeast Missouri State University. Admission at the Tech soccer field is free and open to the public.