Soccer Coach Stresses Attack
New Women's Soccer head coach Kai Edwards.
Kai Edwards, the new head coach of women's soccer, is bringing a more aggressive and competitive style of play to the team.
He pointed to two games in early September, when the Gaels beat the nationally ranked University of Texas 2–1 at the 15th Annual California Invitational and was defeated 2–1 by the No. 10 ranked Texas A&M the following day, but held the Aggies to only 13 shots in the match.
"We took one of the top 10 teams in the country, which could be in the Final Four, and disrupted their game," he says. "We did not let them play comfortable, and we won the second half."
Edwards, who began coaching the Gaels in February, said he was stressing to his players "to attack at all times, and to play to win games, and not play and let the game come to them."
Edwards came to Saint Mary's after two seasons as the associate head coach for women's soccer at UC Santa Barbara. Before that, he worked at Sonoma State and Western Washington.
He is a graduate of Sonoma State, and played two seasons for the Seawolves. As a high school player, he was a First Team All-State choice and once scored 11 goals in a single match.
Professionally, Edwards played for the Seattle Sounders Select team, Surrey United in Canada and semi-pro for the Bellingham Blaze indoor team.