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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Aug. 28, 2008

Soccer Begins 2008 in Wichita

Weekend Game Notes (.pdf)

MARYVILLE, Mo.-"Be Great in 2008."

That's the motto brought forth by Northwest Missouri State Head Soccer Coach Tracy Hoza, who begins her sixth season with the Bearcats.

Hoza sees this team as having a great chance to become the most successful in program history and she has 28 reasons to feel that way. The Bearcats boast their largest numbers in program history and blend a steady mix of returners and talented newcomers.

A quick trip to Colorado and two weeks of practice in Maryville has the Bearcats ready for opening weekend. Northwest faces Southwestern Oklahoma State Saturday and Newman Sunday. Both games will start at 5 p.m. in Wichita, Kan., and both are in-region contests for the Bearcats.

Amanda Deml returns as the team's leading scorer after totaling five goals and four assists in her junior campaign. Running mate Marti Trummer has graduated, but Hoza has added newcomers Andrea Tritz and Rikki Southard to aid the forward position.

Tritz combined for 115 goals in her high school and junior college career. Southard totaled 34 in her two seasons at Iowa Western Community College.

Northwest returns much of its midfield and adds captain Heidi Sobota, a sohomore who transferred to Northwest a year ago and needed a year of residency before she could take the field.

Amanda Olah returns at defender after starting all but one game as a freshman. Jessica Braun, also a team captain, returns to the position after missing nearly all of 2007 with an injury.

Adding to the defense are newcomers Jacque Dedovesh, Kate Horvat and Kira Lazenby. Dedovesh was a two-time state champion at Lee's Summit West High School. Horvat was a first-team all-state defender in high school and Lazenby was a first-team All-American goalkeeper at Iowa Western.

About the Opponents

The Bulldogs of Southwestern Oklahoma State managed one win and 13 total goals a year ago and, as a result, have 11 new players on its 21-person roster. The program won seven games in 2005, six in 2006 and went win-less in 18 games in 2007 before pulling out a 1-0 victory against Northeastern State in its season finale.

Sunday's meeting with Newman will be the Bearcats' first competition against a member of the Heartland Conference. The Lady Jets were 6-10-3 last season and are predicted to finish sixth in the Heartland this season.

Newman has completed its transition NAIN to NCAA Division II and is eligible for postseason play this season. The Lady Jets are 18-14-4 in their two seasons against a Division II schedule.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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