Now that I’ve got your attention, it’s not quite that bad. I note in this Sunday’s preseason preview of the USI women’s soccer team that the GLVC’s coaches picked the Eagles to finish ninth in the league. Of course, the Eagles beg to differ, particularly sophomore forward Madi Vellky, the team’s leading returning scorer from last season.
“I usually root for the underdog,” she said. “Now I can look for (opponents) to underestimate us. They’ll say, ‘We won’t have to play our best.’ But we’ll still show up — and we’re not gonna be ninth.”