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Women’s soccer team works on old, new chemistry

khernand@uccs.edu

Published: Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 02:09

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Old talent and fresh faces bring a new mix to this year’s women’s soccer team.

     After making history with one of its best seasons on record, the UCCS women’s soccer team is ready for a breakout year.

     With a new season beginning and plenty of fresh legs, the team is looking to make some noise in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

     During her tenure as head coach, Nicole Ridenour has seen a steady transformation not only in the quality of her teams but also the program as a whole.

     “Our players have worked hard over the last couple years to bring up the standards and set the direction of this team,” she said.

    Setting high goals is the norm in sports. Teams are constantly eyeing records, the playoffs and – ultimately – championships. This team is no different, hoping to build itself into a formidable contender.

     “We want to work ourselves into being a contestant threat to everyone we play while only focusing on one match at a time,” Ridenour said.

     Following a successful summer, Ridenour is excited about her team, a blend of new and old that seems to have the chemistry necessary to win.

     “We have a lot of new talent as well as some returning players who are eager to lead the team.  With our preseason under our belts, I think the team is really coming together as a whole,” she said.

     Ridenour acknowledges that blending new and old team members can be a difficult task. But it is an essential one, as collegiate teams are a constantly evolving puzzle built of experienced players and newcomers.

     “New faces have a lot to learn in a short period of time, but it’s more so about the team dynamic,” Ridenour said. “Being a fall sport, these athletes come into a new school, new team and new system all in a matter of weeks.”

     That dynamic will require time to develop. “All the new athletes have something to contribute,” Ridenour said. “Overall this is a very skilled class of athletes that we are happy to have on the team.”

     With contributions of young and old legs, Ridenour and the women’s soccer team look to be headed for a big year.

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