Kansas Soccer Begins Practice for 2010 Season

Aug. 4, 2010

2010 Soccer Preview

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas women’s soccer reported for fall training camp Wednesday morning at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Day one began with an early morning fitness test followed by the team’s first official practice. The Jayhawks will practice again tonight at 6:45 p.m.

The 2010 squad boasts 21 returning letterwinners and six highly-touted incoming players. Eight starters return this season, including four of KU’s top five scorers from 2009.

Redshirt-junior Emily Cressy highlights the returning group. The forward supplied the KU offense with a team-leading 12 goals and 27 points in 2009’s 12-8-2 campaign. Cressy is fresh off a national championship run this summer, as she helped the Eagles Soccer Club capture the U.S. National Women’s U-23 Cup last month.

Also back to bolster the offense is sophomore forward and All-Big 12 selection Whitney Berry and sophomore midfielders Shelby Williamson and Sarah Robbins.

The veterans will anchor the defense this season, with seniors Lauren Jackson, Geneva Magness and Caitlin Noble manning the backline. Also in the mix this season is newcomer Brittany King. King comes to KU after a one-year stint at Mississippi. The sophomore played in all 21 games for the Rebels as a freshman in ’09, recording one goal while helping the Ole Miss defense to one of the top goals against average marks in the country.

Opponents on tap for this season include NCAA Tournament participants Georgia, Illinois State and Oklahoma State. KU will host Creighton in an exhibition match Aug. 15, before taking on Eastern Kentucky at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex on Aug. 27, to officially kick off the 2010 season.