“I think the team looks really good player-for-player. They are super talented, most of them are fit, all that you can ask from them as an individual. Now as a staff we just have to figure out the different combinations of players and who works well together.”
One tandem that demonstrated what they could do for this team were midfielders Jahna Tacson and Aurora Moberly. The two put up the first three goals of the match for the red side after both missing time last year with injuries.
“Those are two special players that could be the difference between us not being in the (Big Sky) tournament last year and making it this year,” commented Hogan. “Jahna has the presence of mind to make goals like that and Ro is just such an incredibly hard worker, and never gives up.”
The question of who would be the Thunderbirds starting goalkeeper going forward is still without an answer as both players showed skill in the net. Transfer Taylor Bolding recorded three saves while returner Tessa Christensen allowed just one goal over 90 minutes.
“There were a couple of situations with Taylor where maybe you are trying too hard and you try to force the play a little bit, and the ball bounces to the other side,” explained Hogan. “With her, Payton (Bonino) and some of our other players that have been out, you can see little things that might be rusty, but they are getting that experience and getting back into their stride.”
Sophomore Logan Harker found the back of the net two more times for the red team while Chandler Yost broke up the shutout for the white side with a late goal.
SUU opens its regular season at home next Saturday by hosting Dixie State. The Thunderbirds and Red Storm meet on the pitch at 4:00 p.m., with the game open to the public. Coverage will also be available online at www.suutbirds.com.