Such was the case Friday night for the Lady Bisons soccer team. After losing 7-0 in an Atlantic Sun game at Kennesaw State, the worst loss since 2007, coach Jon Ireland called a late night meeting of his team.
He is hopeful that some of the things that were discussed will be put to use Sunday afternoon at 1 when the Lady Bisons, 3-10-0, 1-4-0; face Mercer, 5-6-2, 1-4-1.
“We talked a lot,” said Ireland. “There were a lot of different comments about how to right the ship, get things going and come out and play much better.”
The Lady Bisons did some jogging early Saturday and then took a trip to Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta. They know they have to get down to business in Macon.
Mercer will be a difficult challenge. Despite their A-Sun record, they tied Georgia 1-1 and lost to Vanderbilt 2-0. Mercer is coming off a 0-0 tie with Belmont.
“They might be the most talented team in the conference,” said Ireland. “We will have to play very well if we are going to give ourselves a chance.”
The Lady Bisons are going through some growing pains with 12 freshmen on the roster, including several who are filling starting roles. But there were issues in the meeting that dealt with players regardless of their levels of experience.
“We talked about why we are giving up goals early,” said Ireland. “There is a lack of focus with some players not ready to play.
“We talked about playing hard every minute of every game. If we don’t come out and play hard we are going to get beat like a drum.”
Ireland stressed that is exactly what happened against Kennesaw State. He wants to see the effort from his team that he saw against Belmont, ETSU and Campbell.
“We didn’t play hard at times against Kennesaw State,” said Ireland. “We didn’t challenge for 50/50 balls. We didn’t do the little things we have to do to give ourselves a chance.”