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'Right mentality' was key to success for coach Ross Paule and Jays

'Right mentality' was key to success for coach Ross Paule and Jays

In the 12th episode of "Where I Come From" — a podcast from The World-Herald — host Dirk Chatelain sits down for an in-depth interview with Johnny Torres, two-time national soccer player of the year at Creighton and current Bluejays coach

The Big East women's coaching staff of the year award went to Creighton while four Bluejays earned all-conference recognition.

CU, which will make its first Big East tournament appearance Friday, had four league wins this year, its most since joining the conference. They were picked to finish last in the league's Midwest Division, but came in second after a four-match winning streak late in the year.

"The girls found their individual roles," coach Ross Paule said recently. "They have a lot of confidence in each other. Bottom line, it starts with the right mentality."

Paule is in his sixth season as coach. He's assisted by Lisa-Marie Woods and Karli Kopietz.

Sophomore midfielder Aida Kardovic was named to the All-Big East first team. Junior midfielder Ansley Atkinson and sophomore forward Skylar Heinrich made second team. Defender Maddie Radke was on the all-freshman team.

The Jays (4-5, 4-4) return to action in a semifinal against No. 10 Georgetown at 1 p.m. Friday in Providence, Rhode Island.

The Hoyas (9-0-1, 7-0-1) haven't played since March 28, though that was a 7-0 win over Villanova. They've surrendered one goal all year. They finished second in the 2019 Big East tournament but won the event in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Creighton earned a 2-2 draw against Georgetown the last time the teams played in 2019. Friday's winner will take on either Butler or UConn for the Big East title.

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