Aug. 15, 2007
(San Francisco) - USF Women's Soccer opened practice today at Negoesco Stadium, giving first year head coach Mark Carr an opportunity to gauge where his team is from a fitness and tactical standpoint in preparation for the 2007 season. The Dons welcome a young, but talented group of returners to the field this season, bolstered by some dynamic newcomers ready to make their mark in the elite West Coast Conference.
San Francisco returns 16 letter-winners and eight starters from its 2006 squad, which posted a shocking 2-0 shutout of No. 22 Pepperdine and deadlocked No. 4 Portland 1-1 at Merlo Field in the Rose City.
"We had a pair of training sessions today," Carr said. "The first was primarily to see the fitness level of the team and the second was mostly an 11 on 11 scrimmage. The players came back in good shape for the most part, brought good energy and are excited to be here."
Sophomore midfielder Jenny Jarvie looks forward to the season ahead and welcomes to the opportunity for a fresh start.
"The difference between the first day of last year and this year is night and day. We're excited to work for the team and each other. It's exciting to see how much everyone is working to push the team to the next level. It's an honor to be a part of this team in an important time in the program," Jarvie said.
USF hosts Sacramento State in an exhibition match at Negoesco Stadium Sunday, August 28. Kick off against the Hornets is set for 11:00 AM. The Dons play their first eight consecutive matches on the road to start the regular season with contests against perennial national powers UCLA, Duke, North Carolina and Stanford. USF's home opener comes Sunday, September 30 against Cal State Bakersfield, set for a 1:00 PM start at Negoesco Stadium.