QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Their opponent is the No. 1 team in the country and they have outscored their foes 78-1 this season.
But don't expect the Quincy University women's soccer team to be intimidated in this week's NCAA Midwest region championship against Grand Valley State.
Like the Lakers, the Lady Hawks head to Duluth, Minnesota undefeated and they have only given up two goals in the last 12 games dating back to early October.
It's anyone's ball game and head coach Dave Musso says his team will be ready both mentally and physically.
"We are going to be a little more compact and have a different style of play, and be quicker in transition. We are adjusting to our opponent and we've done that all year," Musso said.
"We've been battle tested all year, we've had a good strength of schedule, and we're ready for whatever is given to us."
Sophomore forward Ashley Burton says the Lady Hawks have no plan of backing down.
"You have to go in with a fearless attitude," Burton explained.
"(Grand Valley State is) a very good team but so are we, and we've been working so hard this season and we just want to win every single game we play."
QU is in the midst of its eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.
However, the region championship berth marks the farthest the Lady Hawks have advanced during Musso's tenure.
Junior forward Taylor Wakeland says her team won't hold anything back in Friday's Sweet 16 showdown.
"We have nothing to lose at this point. We've had the season of our lives and the best season of my career," Wakeland indicated.
"I never thought I would have the opportunity to make history, especially after winning the first GLVC championship last year, and then this year having the repeat which was huge."
According to Musso, "We've played with our backs against the walls for lots of periods throughout this year. At those moments throughout the year is when our team has really thrived. I'm excited to see our players comes into new and emerging roles, even in November, it's a continuous growth type of attitude."
Game time between the top two seeds in the Midwest Region is set for Noon.
The winner advances to the Elite Eight to play either Minnesota-Duluth or Southwest Minnesota State on Sunday.
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