LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – There could not have been a better way to end the regular season and honor the seniors on the Little Rock soccer team than with a glorious 2-1 win against the ULM Warhawks.
“It shows you how important the seniors are to our team, and when they are on it and play to the best of their ability, they take our team to another level,” expressed head coach, Mark Foster, about the skillful and hardworking seniors.
From the start of the match, ULM was putting pressure on the Trojans. At minute 16, the Warhawks scored off a header from a corner kick that put them in the lead 1-0. Not long after, at minute 23, Little Rock’s only corner kick of the game was taken by senior midfielder, Morgan Smocavich that beautifully curved into the box, and with a slight header touch by senior forward, Doro Greulich that put the ball to the far right back of the net, the game was now 1-1.
“It just shows how good Morgan is at crossing the ball. Every corner is very dangerous for her and I am glad I got my head at the end of it. It gave us good momentum to finally get into the game and to get going and to win the game at the end,” said Greulich.
Energized from their performance during the first match, the Trojans came in ready to untie the game. Their tenacity shined through with their possession in the second half. The Little Rock soccer team kept the pressure and amounted great opportunities but remained scoreless, pushing for overtime.
All too familiar overtime ended just as soon as it began. Within three minutes, senior defender Bergros Asgeirsdottir set up a pass to junior midfielder Abril Lucio who skillfully touched and set up the ball inside the box for a fully loaded kick that went right past the ULM goalkeeper to the back of the net. The whistle blew and the Trojans came out victorious.
After just two months and 10 games, the Little Rock soccer team is going into the postseason. The Trojans finished their regular season strong, full of potential and determination—a cohesive team that has grown together and is now ready for the Sun Belt Tournament.
The Trojans will travel to Foley, Alabama for the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament on Monday, Nov. 2. Little Rock ranks fourth in the West division and will go head-on with Georgia Southern, the fifth ranking team in the East division. The game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Tune in to ESPN+ to support your Trojans while on the road.