Veronica Latsko says there were plenty of positive to take away from their 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar, ahead of Adelaide United’s clash with Canberra United at Coopers Stadium on Thursday night.
The Reds are unbeaten in their two matches to start the Westfield W-League 2018/19 season, collecting four points and are yet to concede.
Latsko praised the team’s collective effort and desire to secure the victory against Brisbane.
“The game against Brisbane was such a team effort,” Latsko said.
“All the defensive work that we did together, to the goa – everything was team orientated.
“And we wouldn’t have been able to win that had not every player on the field, on the bench had been so committed and so willing to put in the work the entire game.
“It was incredibly impressive especially being our second game into the season.”
The American import admitted that despite the triumph there are still areas of their game they must improve on.
“Coming away from it I guess what we can try to learn is just fine-tuning certain things,” she admitted.
“Fine-tuning our defensive shape, making sure that teams can’t play through us as much and just fine tuning our own possession.
“And getting all the pieces right so that we don’t have as many unforced turnovers and passing errors.”
The 22-year-old scored the decisive goal following her composed finish after half-time, but was quick to heap the credit on midfielder Dylan Holmes for the assist and her lead-up play.
“Honestly it was pretty much Dylan (Holmes) that did all the work,” she said.
“I just had to tap it in, she drove up the middle of the field and she committed defenders had a one-two with Michelle (Heyman).
“And was able to commit the centre-backs so she could slip the ball in to me and she was amazing.”
Canberra also have four points to the start the campaign.
Latsko said they are ready for the challenge.
“We’re expecting a really competitive squad that’s going to come out at us,” she said.
“And that wants to take over top spot of the table and we’re ready for them.
“We’re just as competitive as a team and I think we’re ready to prove to the league and to Adelaide as a whole that we’re not somebody that should be taken for granted.”
She further added that she was extremely excited about having the opportunity to play on Coopers Stadium.
“I’m so excited, I’ve watched men’s team play there and the pitch looks amazing,” she continued
“I’m excited for the environment and I’m excited to see all the Adelaide fans and I hope that we can draw a crowd because I think it’s going to be a great game.”
Adelaide United host Canberra United in Round 4 of the Westfield W-League 2018/19 season on Thursday, 22 November at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 7.00pm ACDT. Gates open at 6.00pm. Entry via Holden Street.
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