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SOU ready for season opener

The Southern Oregon women's soccer team opens up its 2010 season Sunday afternoon against Concordia-Irvine in Portland.

The nonconference match is slated to start at noon.

The Raiders are coming off a 7-8-2 season that included a 5-3-1 conference mark and are wrapping up two weeks of fall camp.

"So far, so good for us," fifth-year head coach Jon Clement said. "It was really great to see everyone come into camp fit and ready to go. That has really helped create a fast tempo in training and as a result our competitiveness at practice has been stellar. Our returning players have carried over the momentum gained from this past Spring — which was easily our best ever — and our incoming class has been fantastic."

Clement has been impressed with the play of returners Dianne Uehara, Jessica Kuehlwein, Chenin Young and Denise Powell.

Powell led SOU with seven goals last year and is coming off offseason surgery.

Newcomers Kennedy Roteman, Ashton Griffen and Alyssa Bricker have also looked impressive during camp.

"I think we're a very talented and technical group," Clement said. "There have been lots of good moments of flowing, creative soccer and our ability to connect with each other should be fun to watch this year. Still, we have a challenging schedule and are definitely up against some very tough teams this year. Because of that we have to aim for consistency and deal well with the inevitable ups and downs of a long season."

Concordia-Irvine received votes in the NAIA Preseason top 25 poll and will face host and third-ranked Concordia-Portland Friday afternoon.