Sometimes a nickname describes a team well, other times it’s a fun name.
The Monster Squad, who played in this weekend’s Show-Me State Games soccer competition, doesn’t fit their nickname at all. None of the players look or act like monsters. They lost all three of their games in the Show-Me State Games Governors’ Cup soccer competition. The team was one of eight teams in the women’s open division.
The team, made up of members of the Missouri girls’ club team and some of their friends, range from 17 to 25, and most are students at MU.
Kati Koshak, 21, said she gave her teammates the idea for the name, the same one her soccer team used when she was 5.
The competition ended Sunday for the Monster Squad with an 8-0 loss to KC United. The Monster Squad was shut out in all three games, but the players said that winning wasn’t the most important thing.
“It was more for fun,” Koshak said. “We didn’t know we’d be playing serious club teams.”
Jamie Wilson, 22, recruited the team from girls she had played with and some of their friends.
“A lot of us play on the club team together,” Wilson said. “A couple of us play intramurals and there are some friends as well as a few little sisters.”
Jason Pokorny, a Missouri senior, coached the Monster Squad at the request of some of the players.
“I’m a friend,” Pokorny said. “I’ve coached some of these girls in intramurals since they were freshmen.”
Although some of the girls had played together before, Pokorny said they did not have a chance to play as a team before the Show Me State Games.
“Ninety percent of the girls have played together at one point,” Pokorny said. “But never all on the same team.”
Wilson said the Monster Squad had trouble getting together for a practice.
“We didn’t have any practices,” Wilson said. “We tried to put some together, but it just didn’t work out. Everyone was so busy working or home for the summer.”
With temperatures in the high 80s on Sunday, the Monster Squad had a hard time keeping up with a deeper KC United team. Pokorny said the other team was in better shape and outhustled his team.
“Our girls are pretty banged up,” Pokorny said. “They were able to run circles around us.”
The talent levels of the other teams in the competition surprised the Monster Squad.
“We didn’t think it would be so competitive,” Wilson said. “But it was good to get out and play in a home town tournament.”
Wilson said the girls on the club team will begin their season in September with games against Kansas and Kansas State.
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