Aug. 17, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - With the start of the 2010 season less than two weeks away, the Arizona women's soccer team has been hard at work in preseason training camp over the last week.
The Wildcats welcomed in a mix of veteran leaders with a highly talented freshmen class last week as preseason workouts began in Tucson. The team spent several days at Ventana Canyon Resort for a variety of off-field activities, while practices began in earnest at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Soccer Stadium daily.
The team began last Wednesday with two practices, one in the morning testing fitness levels and one in the evening that included some scrimmage work to get first day jitters out of the way. In the days since, training has been focused on tactical and fundamental work. Coaches expected all players to enter preseason training already fit to play to maximize the efficiency of training workouts.
"It looks they have responded very well to their training and fitness," Head Coach Lisa Oyen said last week after practices commenced. "It was great to be back and see everyone together."
Arizona returns a trio of seniors that will be counted on for leadership as the team welcomes in a big freshman class. Becky Barry, Alex Davis and Macke Mutz each return as fifth-year seniors with plenty of experience and high expectations for the upcoming season.
The Wildcats will begin their 2010 season on the road against San Diego on Friday, Aug. 27. The first home match of the year will be a week later on Friday, Sept. 3, when the Wildcats welcome Northern Arizona to Tucson.