Sycamore soccer season begins on August 10 with exhibition match against Indiana followed by another exhibition match Marian on August 15 before the season starts on August 23. Both exhibitions games will be good practice for the Sycamores as they look to start off the season strong against UMKC.
The Sycamores look to make some improvements this season after going 6-9 with three ties during the 2018 season. To begin with, head coach Julie Hanely added assistant coach Adam Kleman to her staff after spending one season at Eastern Kentucky. EKU finished the regular season with an 8-8 record and an appearance in the OVC playoffs. They manage to advance to the semifinals which they lost to the No. 1 seed UT Martin. According to goscycamores coach Hanley feels great about Kleman joining her staff, “Adam has worked at a pair of highly successful mid-major programs and that experience will be instrumental as we look to build a championship culture here.”
ISU continues to build the roster up for the 2019 season as the Sycamores add 10 more signees. Coach Hanely is looking to bring in a championship culture to her locker room even with some key players gone from last year. According to gosycamores coach has a plan for this team, “this class will mesh well with our returnees and addresses needs we have at certain positions. We will be young next year but each of our signees is poised to come in and compete for playing time right away.” To have a large group of young women on the team will be an advantage for this team throughout the season because it makes everyone want to work as hard as they can for playing time. This kind of competition between teammates will fuel the fire to win and will bring out the best in everyone. It will be the duty of the returning athletes to make sure they can get around one up to speed and ready for game day.
The biggest problem the Sycamores will have to overcome will be consistent defensive, most of their loses from last season they allowed the opponent to score 3 or more goals throughout the game. In some instances, the Sycamores would keep it close but would come up short and resulting them to chase the opponent to try and comeback. Starting off games strong will be key for ISU, this will allow them to steadily wear down the opponent and as well give the opponent to chase them throughout the game. Once the opponent starts to waver the Sycamores will have a clear road to victory.