Both Dalton State College's soccer teams defeated Shorter University on Wednesday night, as the women took a 2-1 win and the men came out on top, 3-1.
After losing its first two games of the season, the women (3-2) are now on a three-game winning streak with its home victory on Wednesday. The Lady Roadrunners were trailing at halftime, 1-0, but got their offense clicking in the second period.
"The ladies needed to commit to the game plan," Dalton State coach Saif Alsafeer said. "In the first half there was some buy-in but not a full commitment. We challenged them strongly at halftime to just be who we are, and they did that exactly."
Alsafeer has noted that his players for the women's team have been very receptive to his notes and coaching, and he said he is finally seeing the full picture.
Adrianna Arjoon scored on a penalty kick, and Andrea Lopez scored on a set-piece for the Lady Roadrunners.
"You have to be in the boat or out of the boat," he said. "There's no in-between. Their commitment tonight, it showed. It just takes longer for some people, and they are doing a good job. They are in a good place right now."
With their win on Wednesday, the Dalton State men (6-1-1) have not lost a game since their first of the season, despite tying Point University in a match on Sept. 11, 2-2.
They handed Shorter (3-1) its first loss this season. Amin Saheb Ettabaa, Justin Riescher and Richy Volny each had goals for the Roadrunners.
"We went up 2-0, but Shorter is known to have a comeback win," Alsafeer said. "I think I'm most proud that our guys stayed in the game because they could have crumbled. A lot of teams would, but our guys kept going and they kept pushing.
"They came back to score one, but we ended up getting a break through to ice it with a few minutes left. The guys, they really believe. We just tell them they can do whatever they want to do, and they believe it."
The Dalton State women are back in action Sunday when they play at 5 p.m. at Life University in Marietta. The men play Saturday at 2 p.m. at Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Florida.