Soccer: Winless weekend leaves team looking to maintain its focus

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    Although the Frogs are just better than .500, the team, which went 0-1-1 during the weekend, played hard and worked on its fundamentals.The Frogs (6-7-3, 0-2-2 MWC) tied the Wyoming Cowgirls Friday night at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium and lost to the UNLV Rebels Sunday in Las Vegas.

    Freshman midfielder Michelle Nguyen said although the Frogs didn’t win the game, the team played to its fullest.

    “I think we gave it our all for the whole 110 minutes,” Nguyen said. “No one gave up, and we kept pushing through. We almost won the game. We just had a couple of unlucky shots.”

    Head coach Dan Abdalla said he felt the team did what they needed to do for most of the game, but came up short in the end.

    “We did a good job, doing exactly what we wanted to do, which was get the ball wide and get behind them,” Abdalla said.

    At UNLV on Sunday, the Frogs looked destined to go into yet another overtime, but a UNLV goal in the closing minutes of the game cemented the UNLV win 2-1.

    Nguyen had a free kick that missed the right crossbar, so the Frogs traveled back to Texas with another loss on the team’s record.

    “I felt we played well in both matches,” Abdalla said. “We improved the quality of chances we are creating. We just need to maintain our mental focus for the entire 90 minutes.