By Ellie Ratliff, Sports Editor
The Hardin-Simmons University men’s soccer team has had a strong start to the 2019 season, upsetting the ninth ranked Trinity Tigers. A win over a top 10 team in the nation is huge, especially so early in the season. The Cowboys look to build off of this momentum as they head into conference play. Senior forward Frane Vidosevic has high hopes for this season.
“The strong start is very important for the team. The expectation is to win every game, but we are a very young team, so good results give the team confidence and lift up team spirit and performance from everyone,” Vidosevic said.
The Cowboys beat Trinity three to one on Sept. 8 at UTD. This result while playing an away game is noteworthy. Freshman forward Freddy Hernandez scored two goals, while the last goal was an own goal on the Tigers.
“I think we took advantage of them making a couple of mistakes in the first half and capitalized on our chances. Above all, we stuck to our game plan and executed right off the kickoff. We then dragged out the game well and didn’t let them feel comfortable on the ball,” Vidosevic said.
The team is currently 5-0 on the season, and though they are a fairly young team, have the ability to make a deep run in the playoffs. Vidosevic expects the team to keep up the tempo.
“Like every year, the goal is to win a conference championship, but our mindset is to take it one game at a time and work our way up from there. With every practice and every game, we try to improve and be better. As a young team, we’ll have to learn a lot really quickly, but it is much nicer to win and learn, rather than lose and learn,” Vidosevic said.
The Cowboys are not complacent but are working every day to improve and grow, giving everything they have.
“We’ve been working a lot on discipline and mindset. We’re a very young team and we can’t allow little things to beat us, like lapses of concentration, which has happened often in the past. In addition to that, we’re a hard-working team and we have a deep roster of guys that can step in for anyone and do their jobs,” Vidosevic said.