FAYETTEVILLE – The Lady Razorback soccer team conlcuded its week of two-a-day practices on Sunday night with a scrimmage at Lady’Back Field to give head coach Gordon Henderson a feel for the fitness level of his 2007 squad.
“I think that you can definitely see the effects of the two-a-days,” Henderson said. “Overall I am very pleased with our fitness level and the way that our newcomers have fit in, but the cumulative effects of all the training sessions are definitely catching up to us.”
The Lady Razorbacks played nearly three-quarters of a regular game before Henderson called the players off the field and ended the session. In that time there were six goals scored, several of which impressed Henderson.
“I think what we saw today was both our offense improving as well as our defense not quite gelling as a unit,” Henderson said. “The quality of our goals today was tremendous so you can’t blame our defenders for that, but I felt that we could have stopped some of those runs at the midfield and I discussed that with our players after we finished.”
On one instance, freshman Kelly O’Connor got the ball outside the penalty area and rifled a shot that pinged off the right post and flew into the net. Another Lady Razorback goal was scored by sophomore Sophie Wentz after fellow second-year player Kim Schleif dribbled into the penalty area and sent a nifty cross through the six-yard-box.
The Lady Razorbacks plan to hold a light training session on Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m., then get the rest of Sunday and Monday off before heading back to the pitch on Tuesday.
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