Prep for Spring's Final Home Scrimmage
- 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
"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.
For more information about Lady Razorback
soccer or Arkansas women's athletics, go to www.ladybacks.com.