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Lady'Backs Prep for Spring's Final Home Scrimmage
        FAYETTEVILLE - Although still early, the University of Arkansas Lady Razorback soccer team prepares for its final home scrimmage of the spring season when it faces the University of Tulsa on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Lady'Back Field. Gates are open to the public at noon.
        Arkansas head coach Gordon Henderson has spent the first three months of his tenure working on conditioning and changing the basic format of how the Lady Razorbacks play and is eager to see if the changes can carry over from the practice field to the competition arena.
        "This is a great time to see how we have developed as a team," Arkansas assistant coach Steve Oliver said on Henderson's behalf. "We get to see the shape of our players as well as the formations that they make. They have had a good week of practice and now its time to perform those drills and formations in a real setting."
        Also of great interest to the Lady'Back coaching staff is the combination of players on the field. While six new faces are signed and ready to join the Lady'Backs in August, it is the cohesiveness of its current team that is going to carry Arkansas into the fall schedule. Returning to the field for the Lady'Backs is their 2004 second-leading scorer, Christina Burger, a solid core of central midfielders in Megan McCool, Katie Taylor and Morgan McCord as well as several players that are making position changes like Jenni Brashear, defender to forward, and Reagan Rodriguez, defender to midfield.
        Saturday's contest should allow Arkansas more than just an opportunity to play, but also give Arkansas' coaches a chance to see one of their opponents for the upcoming 2004 season. Also under a new head coach, Tulsa hired Rena Richardson, a former assistant at Alabama, in December so while some of the Lady'Backs may be familiar with the style of play that Tulsa has brought to the table in past years, Arkansas knows that nothing should be taken for granted.
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