MSU's Soccer Team Hosts UCF Friday Night

The Mississippi State women's soccer team will kick off the 2007 home schedule this Friday at 7:00 p.m. when it takes on the undefeated University of Central Florida Knights.

The Lady Dawgs will look to rebound from tough one-goal losses against Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State. Prior to those weekend losses in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the team had started off the season with two wins.

Junior defender/midfielder Bethany Frazier said winning their home opener would be good for getting the team back on track.

"We need a win to get us back on our feet from this past weekend because those games were tough losses for us," Frazier said. "A win this weekend would really help our confidence."

Frazier, a native of Madison, Miss., has played a huge role on the team since her freshman season. She started every match her freshman and sophomore seasons, and ranked near the top of the team in minutes played during both years.

Now in her third season, she is noticing dramatic improvement throughout the whole team thanks to two very important components that have been lacking the past few seasson - depth and an abundance of talented players.

"This season's team definitely shows more promise," Frazier said. "We have more quality players and depth on the team than we've had in the past.

"Everyone on this team can help us out on the field," she said. "If we were to sub our whole midfield out, it wouldn't change the momentum of the game. In the past it would have."

Depth could also be playing a part in the increased goal scoring by the team so far this season. The team has scored nine goals in the four games that it has played so far this season--a feat that took last season's team twice as many games to achieve.

The improvement in offense shows a dedication to hard work, Frazier said.

"Our team is coming together this season, and we're scoring more goals than we have in the past. We're working really hard for each other."

She also credits the freshmen and expects them to continue the solid play that they have had up to this point.

"The freshmen will help us out a lot," she said. "Almost all of them have started games, and they have come in and made a big impact for us so far."

Friday's home match will be the first meeting these two schools have had on the soccer field, and Frazier is looking forward to it.

"This win will be very important as we start getting ready for SEC play," she said. "Our schedule from here on out gets really tough, but we should do really well."

Brent Wilburn, a sports reporter for the MSU student newspaper The Reflector, is the soccer beat writer for the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by website, the source for Mississippi State sports on the sports network.

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