UC Women's Soccer Team Set to Begin Practice
Bearcats kick off 2003 season at home against Toledo on Aug. 29
Contact: Christie Hadley
The University of Cincinnati?s women?s soccer team began training for the 2003 season on Wednesday at Meyers Field. The Bearcats are led by head coach Meridy Glenn, now in her 21st season, and return 16 letterwinners and seven starters from last year?s Conference USA Tournament Champions.
?You get excited,? Glenn said of the new season. ?We are just anticipating the personality of this team.?
The first two days will be spent in training tests, acclimating the players to their surroundings, and allowing them to mesh as a team. Beginning Friday, the Bearcats will practice twice a day until Aug. 22, then taper in preparation for their first game.
?We want to let them focus on the tests, and see what they can do on their own? Glenn added. ?As competitive as they are, they are going to be stressed. It?s important to let them relax and get to know each other.?
The Bearcats had an impressive season last year, posting a 17-4-3 overall record, winning a second straight C-USA Tournament, and becoming the first ever UC women?s soccer team to go to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. For their efforts, they were chosen as the favorites in the pre-season C-USA Coach's poll. Midfielder Tasah Wagner was selected to the pre-season all-conference team. Goalkeeper Tracy Hale surpassed Christy Hoffman for the most home shutouts in a season with five and half last year, and as a team UC set a new record for the most consecutive shutouts with eight.
?Our strength will probably be in the midfield and goalkeeping,? Glenn stated. ?We?ve pushed Tasha Wagner up front, and Kristina Wilson in the back."
The UC women?s soccer team will kick off its 2003 season on Sun. Aug. 24 as the Bearcats challenge Kentucky in an exhibition game in Ft. Wayne, Ind, a rematch of the 2002 first round NCAA game which UC won 1-0. The regular season will open at home against Toledo on Fri. Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.
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