In their first road game of the season the Lady Bears were able to overcome a hostile environment at Bob Jones University and gain a win on the road and their third win in a row. The Lady Bears are now 3-0 in the year.
"We didn't play our best game and were probably a little overwhelmed by the crowd and the occasion," head coach David McDowell said. The Bears had good reason to feel overwhelmed on this night. Official reports were an attendance of 6,000 people in the stands and another 4,500 watching online. Mallory Reynolds, who led the Bears with 1 goal on the night, described it as a "once in a lifetime opportunity. It was crazy. I had never played in front of so many people before. There was a lot of passion in the stadium that is very rare for a women's soccer game" she said. "I was literally 15 feet from my teammates at times yelling as loud as I could and we still could not hear each other. We are not used to that!" One of the strangest moments of the night was when Reynolds scored the first goal for the Bears. "When I scored the whole crowd went silent and that was really weird."
When asked about how his girls adjusted to the night Coach McDowell was all business. "This was a once in a lifetime experience but we still have to learn to come out and perform the way we need to. We have had a problem starting slow in the past few games and we need to address that. I think we are young and still learning how to lead and challenge each other."
Despite those challenges this is the first time in program history the Lady Bears have began a season 3-0.
Senior Chalice Price was pleased with her team's progress so far this season. "It is cool that we are able to play this well this soon even though we have a young team" Price said. "We have been able to beat teams with more experience and I am excited about what this means for the program going forward this season and into the future." Price feels that the difference so far this season has been how well the team gets along. "I think we have been able to bond really well early and we have been able to get along so well. We are a team on and off the field, and that makes it easier to play together and be successful" Price said.
The Lady Bears will be In action next week in Cleveland against Montreat College. Montreat is a team that is coming along very well so far" McDowell said. "We will need to be prepared to start better if we want to continue the success we have had so far."