Eye of the Hurricane

May 2, 2008

Women’s Soccer Preview

Filed under: Uncategorized — hcumphrey @ 11:00 am

Jeff Freeman, an assistant coach of Miami’s women’s soccer team, is optimistic about the team’s chances next season. “We’re excited about next year,” he said earlier this week. “We have a great group of returning players. Obviously, they got some valuable experience this year playing in the postseason. We competed hard and got some good games this spring, and I think they’ve improved, and then we bring in, you know, five new freshmen, who we think can jump in and help this returning group right away. We expect to continue to get better and better every year. We have a challenging schedule next year, with some top-25 teams coming here during the non-conference season, and as always the ACC is the top conference in the country for women’s soccer, so once we get in the conference schedule, it’s week in and week out the best teams across the country. North Carolina is traditionally, you know, the team to beat in the conference. They’ve only lost seven games in something like 15 years in the conference, so, you know, that’s always a game. Florida State went all the way to the national final last year before they lost, so they’ve begun to establish themselves as a team to beat year in and year out. Duke is returning every player except for their goalkeeper, so I think they’re going to be a nice team to try to get up against, and Virginia is always top five or ten in the country, too. There’s no team in our conference that I think is an easy win. Virginia Tech finished ninth in our conference and they were 51st in the RPI and probably had a shot to go to the NCAA tournament, so I think whoever it is, whether it’s North Carolina or NC State, you know, I think it’s going to be a battle every time we go out in the conference.”

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