August 2, 2012

Women's soccer kicks off camp Thursday

By ZACH BOND
UNCBears.com

GREELEY – Although the first day of school is more than three weeks away, the Northern Colorado soccer squad is kicking into full gear as it hosted its first practice on Thursday afternoon.

The Bears have good reason to start practicing so soon – as they prepare host Air Force on Saturday, Aug. 11 in the first of two exhibition matches against the Falcons. The second exhibition match is two days later, on Monday, Aug. 13 – also at Jackson Stadium.

Practices are open to all Bears fans and one of the first chances they get to see the defending Big Sky champions in live-action is during the annual Blue and Gold Scrimmage. The exhibition game will take place at Jackson Stadium at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8 and is free to the public.

There is plenty of excitement surrounding this Northern Colorado squad – coming off the team's first ever Big Sky co-championship and a 4-1-2 mark in the Big Sky. Even though head coach Tim Barrera graduated a number of seniors, including last year's Big Sky Goalkeeper of the Year Kirstin Salminen, there is still plenty of talent returning to this year's squad. The Bears will bring back last year's Big Sky Defensive MVP Aundreaha Martinez and the 2010 Big Sky Offensive MVP Danielle Birdsall.

The Bears kick off their regular season on Friday, Aug. 17 with the first leg of the second annual Colorado Club – a tournament that features four of the five Division I soccer programs in Colorado. This season, the Bears will host the first leg against Colorado. Kickoff is set for 7:30 – after Denver takes on Colorado College at Jackson Stadium.

The second leg of the Cup will be held on the campus of Colorado College, where the Bears will take on Denver at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19.

With the help of Best Western Plus Crossroads, the Bears are proud to announce admission to all regular season games will be free for the second straight year.

NORTHERN COLORADO CAMP PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Friday

August 3

7:00 pm

 

Saturday

August 4

3:00 pm

 

Sunday

August 5

3:00 pm

 

Monday

August 6

7:00 pm

 

Tuesday

August 7

8:00 am

 

Wednesday

August 8

Blue and Gold Scrimmage

Jackson Stadium

Thursday

August 9

3:00 pm

 

Friday

August 10

3:00 pm

 

Saturday

August 11

8:00 pm

Air Force (Exhibition) Jackson Stadium

Sunday

August 12

3:30 pm

 

Monday

August 13

4:00 pm

Air Force (Exhibition) Jackson Stadium