Aug. 24, 2006
The Lady Bisons soccer team is heading east to South Carolina for its opening weekend with a Friday night game at South Carolina State in Orangeburg at 6 and a Sunday afternoon match with Winthrop at 1 p.m. in Rock Hill.
"I'm excited about our first games," said Lady Bisons coach Jenger Parrish. "We didn't play South Carolina State last season. They added a bunch of freshmen last year so I expect we will see a completely different team than the one we saw two seasons ago.
"We played Winthrop here last season, and we stayed with them for the first three-quarters of the game. Then the problems with our injuries began. I don't expect this game to be any different. It should be a good, competitive game that could go either way."
Parrish isn't certain if it is a positive or a negative to open the season on the road.
"Our first weekend of games always comes at the end of the first week of classes," said Parrish. "So in one way it is good to get them away from everything that is going on around here so they can focus on the games."
Freshman midfielder Brandi Bresheres from Manchester, Tenn., has impressed Parrish in preseason workouts. She will start in the midfield this weekend. Freshman Cally Warren, from Vadnais Heights, Minn., will also get a starting nod on defense.
"Brandi is not intimidated when she is on the field," said Parrish. "She works hard. She does what she is supposed to do."
Also putting in solid workouts is sophomore midfielder Sasha Sack from Lincoln, Neb., who proved last season she has the toughness to play the game.
"Sasha has realty taken steps to really become a good player mentally," Parrish said. "She has always been a good player, but sometimes last season she would get too emotional. This season she is working to keep her head in the game, not just her feet. A year of maturity has made a huge difference."