players have seen enough of each other and ready to see unfamiliar faces. Hamline
women’s soccer coach Ted Zingman says his team is ready to get a leg up on the
competition. The 2011 season starts this week with a pair of non-conference
games. On Thursday, September 1, HU travels to UW-Superior to open the season.
Two days later, they return to Pat Paterson Field for a 4 p.m. match against
thought training camp went very well,” Zingman said. “There were lots of
pleasant surprises. We have more depth this year than in the past. We can make
more substitutions in the past – players that can make an immediate impact on
the game. That will also enable us to have fresher legs at the end.”
off a 5-13 season in 2010, the Pipers are hoping to develop winning ways early
against the Yellowjackets and Cougars.
Cooper (Jr., Stillwater, Minn.), who potted 10 goals last year, is the leading
returning scorer. She is one of just four juniors on the team. There are just
two seniors – defender Courtney McMoore (Minneapolis, Minn.) and goalie Liz
Stock (Savage, Minn.) – on the team. On balance, the Pipers are a young team still learning a few things. But the goal is clear: better last season's final mark of 5-13 and become a factor in the MIAC race.
“We can get there by developing cohesion in our attack. I think you
will see us force more on defense. In turn, that leads to a stronger offense
and more goals,” Zingman said. “If we can achieve that, the (win-loss) results
will take care of themselves.”