JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) – The Arkansas State women's soccer team began its preparation for the 2013 season, the 14th in school history, as head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge welcomed 22 student-athletes to campus Wednesday.
The team went through an orientation session, team meetings, met athletic staff and took team photos.
Among the 22 who reported were seven newcomers who will try to build upon the success the squad had in 2012. The Red Wolves set school records in wins (11), goals (41) and points (113). A-State also returns 70 percent of its scoring from last season and had the longest winning streak in school history at six matches.
"Coming off of our best season ever, the challenge for us now is to repeat the performance and effort," Ziyenge said. "I'm very excited about the season ahead and we have some really tough teams on our schedule, but we feel like we have some competitors on our squad that are ready to take on the challenge."
Ziyenge and his coaching staff will hold the first organized practice Wednesday morning at 6:15 a.m. followed by an afternoon training session at 5 p.m.
The Red Wolves will play exhibition matches against Memphis (Aug. 14) and Saint Louis (Aug. 16) before starting regular season play against Southern Mississippi in Jonesboro on Aug. 23.