FAYETTEVILLE – The 2004 University of Arkansas Lady Razorback soccer team returned to campus for their first day of preseason on Tuesday, with meetings and physical checkups on the schedule.
Beginning the day with a team meeting at 8:00 a.m., the Lady Razorbacks were reacquainted with their teammates and introduced to the five newcomers on the squad before splitting up for physicals and individual headshots. The day continued with lunch, a team photo, a meeting with Director of Women’s Athletics Bev Lewis and activities before concluding with a team dinner.
“I’m glad to get the first day out of the way,” Arkansas head coach Gordon Henderson said. “Coaches and players are a lot alike in that they are chomping at the bit to lace up their boots and get on the pitch. Unfortunately, NCAA rules dictate that we can not train and that the first session is an administration day. The positive side to that is we were able to get a lot done to prepare for the season.”
Arkansas begins its two-a-day schedule on Wednesday with a 9:00 a.m. training session that is scheduled to include several fitness activities. The Lady Razorbacks then go to training camp for 48-hours where they are expected to continue the team bonding process and work on their fitness before returning to Fayetteville for their first sessions on the field.
The Lady Razorbacks schedule calls for multiple practices through Tuesday, Aug. 17, as they prepare for a preseason scrimmage with Baylor University in Waco, Texas, on Wednesday. Arkansas’ first regular season contest takes place in Cape Girardeau, Mo., against the Southeast Missouri State Ohtakians on Friday, Aug. 27.