There is a busy weekend ahead for Union’s fall sports. Both soccer teams and the volleyball team are facing intense matchups in the next few days.
Wednesday’s successful sweep against Lane College proved to be a morale booster for the Lady Bulldogs as the success carried over into their match against Christian Brothers University last night. They showed toughness as they battled back to win three straight sets after losing the first two. The team is excited and confident that they can come home this weekend with another conference victory.
The women’s soccer team is also on the road today heading to Searcy, Arkansas to play Harding University for their evening matchup starting at 6 p.m. This is will be the first time the two teams have met.
Despite a string of hard losses the team remains in high spirits.
“Our team chemistry is great, we have an awesome group of girls which makes playing even more enjoyable,” said Emily Waggoner, senior goalkeeper.
The team also has a home game this Sunday at 4 p.m. against Southeast Missouri State.
“Right now we are working on finding what plans and strategies work best with the personnel on our team,” Waggoner said. “Our focus is to find the best formation for our strengths that won’t expose our weaknesses.”
The women are looking for victories to carry them into the Gulf South Conference games that start up next week.
Also facing a matchup at home this Sunday is the men’s soccer team. Even with the loss against Christian Brothers last Wednesday, the team has been playing well together.
The Bulldogs (2-3) are looking to upset the undefeated Upper Iowa University Peacocks (4-0). Coach Clovis Simas is confident in his team’s ability to win after hanging with no. 13 ranked Christian Brothers on Wednesday and out-shooting most of their opponents this season.
The Peacocks are known this season for making their move in the second half of the game but the men are prepared.
“We know what we need to do and our focus is simply to execute our game plan with precision,” says Simas.
The game is set to start at 1 p.m. with the women’s game to follow.