Soccer wants redemption in Weber State game

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    By Jeffrey Blackmun

    The Weber State soccer team is coming to Provo and the Cougars have redemption on their mind.

    Last time the Cougars played Weber State the game ended in a 1-1 tie. Prior to that game, BYU had rattled off six straight wins.

    “This is the biggest game of the year,” said junior midfielder and co-captain Casey Waldron.

    BYU is concerned about the game because Weber State always plays them tough, especially in Provo, said senior midfielder and co-captain Bryce Jolley.

    “They’re obviously a very physical team and they play as hard as anyone in the country,” said BYU coach Chris Watkins.

    “Their work rate is something that we admire and that we try to emulate,” he said.

    To combat the talented Weber State team, BYU will focus on some basics. The Cougars hope to successfully change their points of attack with the hope of fatiguing the Wildcats, Watkins said.

    “We’ll try to change our attack from strong side to weak side and focus on using the outside of the field to exploit their weakness,” Waldron said.

    Another key for the Cougars will be their ability to maintain self-control, said Jolley.

    BYU has struggled in recent games to keep its emotions in check.

    “If we can keep our composure and play for ninety minutes, we’ll be fine,” Waldron said.

    Not only is tonight’s game important, it will also be the final home game for BYU seniors Arthur Van Wagenen, Dax Cuthbert, Nathan Smith and Jolley.

    “We want to give it our best for the last time,” Jolley said. “It will be emotional.”

    Regardless of what happens in this game, the Cougars are focused on reaching their peak before nationals where they expect to play the Wildcats again, Watkins said.

    “Right now we’re in a position to win (the national championship), and we need to continue to improve so we can deserve to win,” Watkins said.

    The Cougars kick off against the Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, on South Field.

    “Whichever team plays the best ninety minutes will win,” Waldron said.

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