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Young women's soccer team affected by injuries during season

By RobBriggs
On November 14, 2011

It's time for a breather after the women's soccer team ended the fall season with a 7-8-3 record.

Head coach Linda Huddleston said this season's schedule stacked Dixie with the hardest games in the conference.

"It was a disappointment that we didn't do better," Huddleston said. "The cards are kind of stacked against us, and it's going to be that way as long as the conference does these kinds of scheduling."

Senior midfielder Camille Jensen, an elementary education major from North Logan, said she felt good about her season, and it wasn't a total loss.

"I personally feel good about it," Jensen said "Definitely we didn't end as high in the ratings as we would have liked, but when you look at all the details with how games went, we tied three games at the very end and lost at Cal Baptist."

Jensen said California Baptist University finished first place in the conference. She said if Dixie would have won those three tied games, the Red Storm would have ended second or third in the conference.

"I feel bad we had bad luck," Jensen said. "But I hope the team just kind of takes this next season and just realizes how possible it is to end well and really compete."

Dixie's already young team will lose seven seniors for next season. Many of the younger players already had to start in Dixie's matches because of the lack of older players and some players out for injuries.

"What really got us, I think the schedule first of all, and then second of all we had so many injuries," Huddleston said. "I never had one single senior that consistently started the whole year. Not one single junior that started consistently the whole year."

Dixie will be preparing for spring practice and playing in "friendlies" until practice officially starts Feb.15.

Planning on sticking with the team and improving her utility to the team, freshman forward Aria Hadley, an integrated studies major from Salt Lake City, said she wanted to work on conditioning for spring.

Aria also said she enjoyed getting to know all the players on the team and loves playing with them.

"We had fun together (and) we didn't have any problems as a team in our relationships or anything," Jensen said. "I think that is a bonus that not a lot of teams have for a season. So I think that was really awesome."

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