This week's WVIAC spotlight is about a conference team that is…in the spotlight.
The Davis & Elkins College women's soccer team is undefeated so far this season. The Lady Senators now have a target on their backs.
"I think we're getting scouted and people are looking forward to playing a team that's undefeated and they want to beat a team that's undefeated," said D&E Women's Soccer Coach Raul Ovalle. "So, we're definitely a target."
The D&E women are 8-0-1. The one tie was a 0-0 double overtime battle with Shepherd.
It's the best start to the season in school history.
Everyone in Elkins is excited, students, administration and of course the team but even Coach Ovalle admits it's a surprise.
"It was unexpected," said Ovalle. "I knew we had some incoming freshman that were going to be dynamic and help us out immediately. We had no idea. Even our first exhibition scrimmage in the spring season, we lost 3-0. After we lost, I said, ‘I feel good about it.' I did feel good and I thought that we were going to do a good job. It started to work for us and we had some good luck throughout. We work hard and we had some good luck and this is where we are."
Freshman Taylor Morton has been a big help for the Lady Senators, she picked up two-straight WVIAC Player of the Week Awards. She's left footed, which is hard to defense and has speed and size. Morton said her team deserves the undefeated record; they've been doing everything right.
"We work hard in practice. No one ever gives up," said Morton. "We study. We got to class. We eat right, go to sleep. We do everything in soccer season that we need to do."
D&E has seven games left including big matchups with conference rivals Alderson-Broaddus and West Virginia Wesleyan.
"I think it's going to be tough," said Morton. "We're playing two games a week. It's tiring. My legs are tired. I think we have it in us. I think we're going to keep winning and we're going to keep scoring goals so I'm really happy."
The Lady Senators have a talented goalie, mature defense, new midfield and speed and strength up front. Team chemistry has been important to both the offense and defense being successful. That success has led to six shutouts. It's still not enough.
"I'm expecting everything out of them, leaving everything on the field," said Coach Ovalle. "We expect what we've done and more. I say, ‘Girls I'm sorry. We're 8-0-1 but it's not good enough. We need more.' They look at me like, ‘Coach, when is enough?' I say, ‘I guess it's enough when we're in the NCAA Tournament. Enough is when we've done everything.' We expect more out of them; the same and more."