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Soccer players feel the pain of injuries
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By EMILY SEYMOUR
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Sore muscles are not the only thing hurting the women’s soccer team this spring season.

Not only is the team having one of the hardest spring training seasons ever, but at least six of the primary players are sitting out because of injuries. With a new weight coach, more difficult running exercises and longer practices the returning women are feeling the pain on and off the field.

This change in training may affect the team in a negative way. Some players believe they are being overworked and getting injured because of the practice intensity.

“Practice is much harder when only a few players are out there because we have less rest time between each exercise,” midfielder Sonia Richards said. “But even though we are all sore now, I think it will make us stronger for next fall’s season.”

The team only has seven players healthy enough to compete at this point in the season. Even though a normal game has 10 players and a goalkeeper, the team is can compete with at least seven on the field at a time. The same healthy seven would have to play the entire game though, with no substitutes.

Usually the women only play about four to five games during the spring season (because their main season is during fall), but this spring they are only scheduled for one.

“I hope the girls' injuries heal quickly,” defensive player Devon Romak said. “We’re going to need them.”

The coaching staff is staying positive about the situation. Members not only are focused on keeping the returning players healthy and strong, but they are looking forward to the dozen recruits joining them in the fall.

“All of the players are strong enough to get through this level of training,” coaching staff member Alicia Tirelli said. “We are preparing to be conference champions no matter if we play with 11 girls or seven.”

The challenges ahead are far from over. The coaching staff, injured girls, incoming recruits and healthy players say they are willing to do whatever it takes to get a strong team together again.

“We are going to use this season to get stronger,” Richards said. “But fall is when we are really going to show them who's boss.”

 

 
 

 
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