FORT WAYNE – The Indiana Tech womens soccer team went 16-4-1 last year, but the Warriors arent resting on their laurels.
They are still in the infancy of using the 4-3-3 formation they installed last year and trying to improve.
Last year was the first year with a 4-3-3, so this year we want to continue developing it, coach Jim Lipocky said.
Its about getting the outside backs and the defense, getting them more involved, and its a learning process and its hard. We want to get them more involved in the offensive end. Our offense is our best defense right now.
Judging by what transpired Thursday night, the Warriors high-octane offense could be OK.
In an exhibition match at the Shindigz National Soccer Festival, the Warriors defeated Goshen College 5-0, led by three goals from Natalie Zimmerman.
The Warriors also got goals from Jess Stanton and Amber Huppert.
It was good preparation; the Warriors open the regular season Saturday at home against Purdue-Calumet.
Not bad, Lipocky said of the performance.
Obviously, its the start of the season, so we still have some things to work on. We scored some nice goals.
Were not the worlds strongest team in the air, so the last goal, which we scored off a header, weve been working on that and its good to see that.
We have a lot of young players, and its important we get them some experience so, as the season goes on, we can start to use them.
Keeping match in perspective
On Saturday night, the marquee event of the Soccer Festival will pit Indianas men against North Carolinas.
Indiana won the national championship last year; North Carolina won it in 2011.
Still, to the teams involved, its just preparation for the regular season.
I wish I could hype it up for you, but its a preseason game and thats the bottom line, North Carolina coach Carlos Somoano said.
Its a good test to kind of measure how we execute those things were trying to do before we get ready for Monmouth on Aug. 30.
And Somoano believes his team has plenty to work on, despite a 2-1 victory Thursday over Michigan State at Hefner Fields.
The game that wasnt as close as the score would indicate.
The Tar Heels got goals from Tyler Engel and Raby George.
Were just getting people on the same page and (working on) our team coordination, Somoano said.
Our team psychology and all of those things, were just trying to move them along.