Texas Wesleyan’s women’s soccer team, originally ranked sixth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, has quickly shot to the top spot after its fourth straight conference and seventh straight win overall.

The team credits the streak to their bonds both on and off the field.

“I know how special this team is, and we have a chemistry that I haven’t seen in the last three years I’ve been here,” said Nikki Lockwood, a senior criminal justice major. “I knew we weren’t going to end up in sixth place like we were ranked in the beginning.”

Lockwood said the team’s motivation has made it easy on her and fellow captains Theresa Garzstecki and Kaylie Hart.

“Everyone is showing so much grit and passion in the game, and that’s why we’re going to be number one in conference,” Lockwood said.

Junior mass communications major Mattie Morris, who plays defense, scored the winning goal last week against Mid-America Christian University.

“I knew we had to win,” Morris said. “We are showing everyone that we don’t belong in sixth.”

It takes more than one player working hard to win six games in a row, Morris said, and she thinks this team has what it takes to win conference.

“A lot of us are beat up and tired, but that’s not gonna stop us from winning a game,” Morris said.

Freshmen criminal justice major Katelynn Teufel is also eager to prove the sixth-place ranking is wrong.

“Us playing together and winning all these games just speaks for itself,” Teufel said. “We not only fight, but we fight for each other. We don’t give up.”

The Lady Rams will be hitting the field again at 1 p.m. Wednesday when they play Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie.

A win would best the school’s winning streak of seven, and the team doesn’t plan tos top there.

 “We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing,” Lockwood said. “Everybody is fighting their butt off.”

 

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