SAU Buzz

Bees flying high ahead of conference tournament

by Daniel Rohlf
Posted on Nov 08, 2018

The Saint Ambrose women’s soccer team will be the third seed at this year’s CCAC Conference Tournament. Head Coach Jon Mannall says this time of year is all about performances inside the 18-yard box.

“It’s all about our ability to be able to be a threat and finish set pieces, and then our ability to be able to defend balls in the box and defend set pieces,” Mannall said. “I feel confident in our play between the 18’s. What happens in the 18’s in tournament play is everything.”

Coach Mannall is happy with his team’s results so far this season, but still feels like there is another level they can go to.

“As far as results, it’s been extremely successful. We have such a young team that we are extremely happy with out record, there is no doubt about that. We’ve won some games not playing our best, and we’ve lost a game playing really well, so it’s definitely been one of those kind of season. Our best is still ahead of us.”

During the season, the Bees set a school record with a nine game winning streak. During the winning streak they scored 28 goals and only conceded five.

Mannall credits being able to find different ways to win for the team’s success this season.

“We’ve had goals from numerous players, and days where we haven’t been great offensively our defense has been fantastic,” Mannall said. “We’ve found ways to be dangerous against the opposition in a multitude of ways. The diversity of our play has been our biggest factor.

Mannall is excited about what his team can potentially do at the conference tournament.

“I feel very good about our chances,” Mannall said. “We feel very good about what we’ve done, what we’ve seen from the opposition, and what we can potentially do. I am very excited.”

The Bees enter the conference tournament with a record of 12-4 and a record of 7-3 in the conference. They will host the first round of the conference tournament, and they have posted a 9-1 record at home this season. Mannall believes home field advantage is something that could be key for his team.

“We’ve had a fantastic record at home,” Mannall said. “In the three years at our stadium, we’ve only lost three games in three years at home.”