Lady Bisons set for home opener with Valparaiso
Saturday, September 9, 2006

Sept. 9, 2006

Life on the road has been a mixed bag for the Lady Bisons soccer team.

They head into their home opener Sunday at 2 p.m. against Valparaiso with a 1-4 record, after a 3-1 setback Friday night at North Alabama. Valparaiso is coming off a 3-2 win Friday at Belmont.

"Valparaiso is a big, strong, fast team," said Lady Bisons coach Jenger Parrish. "It will be a tough test for us. At this level it is a matter of who is ready to play the whole game."

The Lady Bisons broke into the win column last Sunday with a 6-0 shutdown of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Sophomore Sara Green set a school record for assists with five. She has six in her last two games.

"It was definitely good to get a win," said Parrish. "We have talked about that with so many new people that hopefully they would bring in a new perspective and a new attitude.

"I really feel like I have seen that. We have had a lot of the new players on the field."

Parrish emphasizes that Green is simply benefiting from doing her job.

"Sara has great technical ability," said Parrish. "She has got good vision and good size. She is winning balls and laying them off to our scorers.

"A lot of the assists have been off corner kicks which are set pieces. She serves good balls. That is what we are asking her to do because she can distribute the ball."

The Lady Bisons continue to fight the numbers game due to several nagging injuries.

"We have several players who still have issues," said Parrish. "We are healthier, but not as healthy as we need to be."

Freshmen are also playing a big role on the team with Brandi Beshersre, Sarah Brummett, Emily Quandt, Cally Warren and Ashley Gill all getting starts this season.

"You hope that the freshmen, who are going to be playing a lot, adjust very quickly," said Parrish. "I feel like they have done that.

"Brandi and Ashley played the first weekend. That was tough weekend to break them, but they are all stepping up just fine."