Lady Red Wolves excelling in ‘tougher’ USL W League

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Lady Red Wolves are on the hunt for a second straight league title and the first in the brand new USL W league. Six matches in, the Ladies in Red are sitting second on the brand new USL W League’s standings.

“The new league is definitely a higher level than what we experienced last year,” coach Luke Winter said. “Everyone is very competitive. All of the games, you’re looking at them going anyone can get a result.”

“I think, last season we were used to just always being on the top, and we definitely did have some competition last year, but nothing like this year, so it’s kind of a humbling experience,” keeper Dani Krzyzaniak said.

“The competition is so much harder now, which makes us all have to rise to a different level, which is good for us,” forward Mackenzie Smith said. “It makes us all really way better players, but it has been a transition to get used to.”

It took a couple weeks, but the Lady Red Wolves are adjusting to the fresh faces on the team.

“I think chemistry is huge, especially in this game. Over time, that develops, and that’s what we’ve seen,” Smith said. “Just figuring out what shapes work for us, how people work together, what people want from each other on the field.”

“We jumped straight into the season with girls returning from all over the place in different colleges, and we were probably the better team in the first two games. We just didn’t get the results. So now the last three games, there’s a bit more familiarity between each other, and those results are coming, and the clean sheets are there,” Winter said.

The Wolf Pack is searching for a second straight league title. Two home wins this weekend would certainly help the cause.

“I think this new team, especially in comparison to last team, still has that same fight, that same drive, which is ultimately what wins. So we’re trying to keep, trying to nurture, trying to keep going,” Smith said.

The Lady Red Wolves play at CHI Memorial Stadium Friday and Sunday nights. Both matches start at 7:30 p.m.

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