Erin Green: Going For The Goal
Senior midfielder Erin Green entered the 2013 season with just one goal in each of the past three seasons with the Cyclones and having developed a reputation as an unselfish playmaker when it came to scoring opportunities for her teammates.
With the support from her coaches and a change in her mentality, the St. Paul, Minn. native has become a scoring threat, hitting the back of the net two times already in four games played this season.
“It’s my senior year so I came out with more fire and I really wanted to get things done,” said Green.
Altering her playing style was a big change for Green, who preferred to find an open teammate near the goal as opposed to taking the shot herself. From 2010-2012, Green had three goals and three assists in three seasons. She has nearly doubled her career goal total this season with goals against South Dakota and Western Illinois to bring her career total to five.
“It’s always been like that for me,” Green said. “I always try to set other people up, but I know it’s my last chance to really do anything and I’m trying to be more greedy in front of the net.”
It was this past offseason that head coach Wendy Dillinger pushed Green to take more chances and attempt to score instead of passing it away.
“She’s a great playmaker, she’s always been very good at that,” Dillinger said. “She has the ability to score, so we really encouraged her to pull the trigger more often.”
As a player who generates a lot of the offense’s attacks with her speed and footwork, Green worked in the offseason to improve that aspect of her skillset.
“We worked a lot on attacking when we get the ball and just going right to the net and trying to create opportunities and finish on those,” Green said.
In fact, Green’s speed and footwork are the key attributes that she brings to the team and has thoroughly impressed Dillinger with her skills.
“She is an incredibly talented player with the ball at her feet,” Dillinger said. “She has got some of the fastest feet I’ve ever seen in the game on the ball.”
Green’s quick play will be needed this Friday as the Cyclones travel to Iowa City to take on the undefeated Hawkeyes in another installment of the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series.