With some stability finally coming around for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point women’s soccer team, the only things missing now are the results. Unfortunately for the continually improving Pointers, the clock is ticking on the season.
UWSP has endured four losses by one goal over the past six games. A common theme to some of the losses early in the season was the inability to finish scoring opportunities, and that theme has continued to rear its ugly head as they have entered conference season.
“We are still having trouble just finishing the chances we get, and our play is not consistent,” said senior forward Emily Dietrich. “If we can just capitalize on our opportunities, when we do have lapses, it wouldn’t hurt us as much.”
In the latest game against conference-foe UW-Platteville, UWSP started to find its groove and capitalize on these opportunities with a 3-1 win, marking the first conference win. UWSP is emphasizing staying positive and continuing to trust results will come.
“We have come a long way. Still, we are showing less lapses in our play and beginning to finish when we get some good movement going,” Dietrich said. “We are all trying to stay upbeat, and now that results are starting to show, hopefully we can get some wins to end the season.”
The regular season is winding down, with four games remaining for the Pointers before the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, in which the top six teams qualify. UWSP is currently sitting in sixth place, but with a few wins to round out the year, a nice seed is very well attainable.
Head coach Dawn Crow in her first year at UWSP has continued to preach improvement each and every day even though it hasn’t come as fast as some of her players expected.
“The season hasn’t gone as expected to be honest, but we just keep focusing on getting up and staying positive and improving every day. We are starting to connect on a lot of things even if it has taken a little bit longer than I thought to happen,” Dietrich said.
UWSP is currently 3-13 overall. The team will next take the field in Stevens Point on Oct. 23rd against Viterbo.