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Women’s soccer team begins a rocky season

The women’s soccer team began its 2010 season much like they ended last season: with glimpses of good and bad.

The Horned Frogs started off their 2010 campaign with a 3-0 loss at Texas Tech Aug. 20 but rebounded with a 7-0 win against Texas Southern at home on Sunday.

Against the Lady Raiders, the Horned Frogs were unable to take advantage of several scoring opportunities and fell behind early as Texas Tech took an early 1-0 lead 11 minutes into the game. Texas Tech followed that up with another two first half goals and held the lead for the rest of the game.

The Horned Frogs were able to rebound in their second game as they defeated Texas Southern with a lopsided result. The Horned Frogs led 2-0 at the half and followed that up with five goals in the second half.

Junior forward Jordan Calhoun led the scoring with two goals.

Calhoun said the team came out a little slow in the first half but was able to regroup and attack more in the second half.

Head coach Dan Abdalla said he was not happy with his team’s effort to end the first half against Texas Southern. He said finding consistency would be a major key to the team’s success this season.

“We scored early and relaxed which let our opponent hang around,” Abdalla said. “We have to play 90 minutes with full intensity.”

With several young players vying for playing time, Abdalla said he was happy to see some cohesiveness from his defense.

“Defense is probably the biggest wild card for our team,” Abdalla said. “Once we figure out who our four main contributors will be, we will be able to hopefully find some rhythm there.”

The team will look to improve on last year’s 9-10 record. The team’s next game will be 7 p.m. Friday against USC at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium.

Next Women’s Soccer Team
Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Friday, Aug. 27th
Place: Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium

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