Coming off a last second loss at the hands of the University of Nebraska-Omaha, the Coyotes will return home over the weekend to face conference foe Indiana-Fort Wayne Oct. 12.
The loss dropped the team to 1-9-3 on the season, and to 0-2-1 in the Summit League, and put the Coyotes at second to last in the conference.
“We went into the game with high hopes,” senior Erin Bello said. “Now we realize little mistakes and how we can fix them.”
The loss to Nebraska-Omaha also marked the second consecutive loss in the conference after a tie to start conference play against IUPUI.
“[Down the stretch] attitude is going to be important, we have to keep believing that what we are doing is right,” said head coach Mandy Green. “We can’t be anymore unlucky then we have been this season, if we keep playing like we are, the wins will come.”
With five Summit League match-ups remaining, the Coyotes look to make ground over the weekend and take advantage of playing on their home turf.
“Playing at home is nice. We know the field very well, and since it is not very smooth, we know the bumps better than the other teams,” said sophomore Makena Cameron. “Sleeping in our own bed is also nice, after being on the road for so long.”
Friday night pits the Coyotes against Fort Wayne, who stands fourth in the conference with a 2-1 record against Summit League teams.
“Almost every team has been playing the same formations, so the key is to put ourselves in a chance to win and focus on us. If we do that, we have a good chance to win this weekend,” said Green.
After their game against Fort Wayne the Coyotes will face the
University of Oakland, who is currently undefeated in the conference, and come in second in the standings.
“Getting a win this weekend would be big, because no one expects us to win,” said Cameron.
After the home stand, the Coyotes go back on the road before returning home for the last game of the season against Kansas City.
“We just need to keep working hard and not give up. If we do that eventually the wins will come,” said Green.