Ursuline soccer building up for the playoffs.

Ursuline soccer is building up to challenge for the playoffs. It's been since 2017 that the squad has merited a playoff victory. Taking more significant challenges in the regular season is the path to improving the level of play. The soccer world knew this developing Ursuline group could challenge top teams. The team needs to see top-quality competition before the playoffs. 
With the threat of stormy weather and a thirty-degree temperature swing coming this Saturday, Coach Mark French and the Division IV tenth-ranked Louise S. McGehee Hawks kicked off the match against our State Street Lions.
Early in the match, Ursuline moved to clear a ball out of the penalty area and hit a teammate's hand as the ball sailed up from the clearing player's foot. The Hawks were awarded a penalty kick in the 8th minute, which they converted.
McGehee successfully worked passing to players spread wide around the pitch. 
Though skilled keeper Junior Jenna Hoisington had 6 saves, McGehee had netted four before half. It didn't hold back our competitive girls - 6 minutes before half - hard driving Junior Emma Scobel knifed through the McGehee defense to net one for State Street.
The second half began with talented Freshman keeper Gracie Frank taking over in the net with 7 saves against the barrage of offense coming from McGehee. The Ursuline Lions pushed to spark offense of their own, but missed on two good shots on goal.
The final was Hawks 7 Lions 1.
Our Ursuline Lions improved in key areas - when we challenged and took possession our passing accuracy improved to 58%. Our determined Lions did a good job of minimizing the opponents' opportunities on goal by keeping them from getting in key areas that are crucial for scoring. It's enjoyable having the energy that comes from good players with the right mentality - to learn from experience and come out ready for the next challenge.
After the match, Coach Harry Mason encouraged the team, "We just lost concentration on a few of the goals. It's another very tough game on Monday. But no reason why we can't get a result. Let's work hard to be disciplined the entire game."
Takeaway Thoughts
"The more you practice tolerating discomfort, the more confidence you'll gain in your ability to accept new challenges." Amy Morin - Author of 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don't Do (2018) and most recently 13 Things Strong Kids Do (2021)
"The biggest lessons I learned were probably the times where I had the biggest setbacks and the biggest challenges - when I had the biggest jumps forward and lessons learned.
Michelle Kwan - two-time Olympic medalist (silver in 1998, bronze in 2002), a five-time World champion (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003) and a nine-time U.S. champion (1996, 1998–2005) / United States Ambassador to Belize