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Women’s soccer looking to get started on right (or left) foot

The women’s soccer team has a lot of work to do this Labor Day weekend.

The Bulls (0-1) play their first two home games of the 2005 season against two in-state opponents. USF faces St. Thomas (0-1) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Stetson (3-0) on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Hurricane Katrina, which postponed the women’s soccer season opener on Aug. 26 against Florida International, forced Nicholls State to cancel their game and had the Bulls scrambling for an opponent. Nicholls State, located in Thibodeaux, La., was supposed to be the Bulls’ opponent at their home opener on Sept. 3, but it has suspended all of its intercollegiate activities due to the hurricane. The St. Thomas Lady Bobcats will take Nicholls State’s spot. St. Thomas is located in Miami and is a NAIA program.

“(St. Thomas) graciously had an opening,” coach Logan Fleck said. “We checked everywhere because, quite frankly, we need to play some games.”

On Labor Day, the Bulls face in-state foe Stetson. Stetson (3-0) is fresh off an impressive 2-1 victory against Miami. For the Hatters, it was the first time they had ever defeated the Hurricanes in the history of their program. Last season the Bulls got off 17 shots on the Hatters but could only manage a tie, 0-0.

“No games are easy and no game is a shoe-in. We’ve already seen some upsets all over the country,” Fleck said.

In their first game this season, the Bulls were held to only two shots in a 1-0 loss to Florida Atlantic.

“We have to make a commitment in getting more shots,” Fleck said. “Anyone can figure out that if you don’t have the shots then you don’t have the goals.”

The Bulls have been practicing all week to get out the early season kinks and get back to focusing on their strengths.

“We’ve got some good speed on this team and we need to bring it in. (Also) getting tougher on defense,” Fleck said. “Those two things are what we have been concentrating on all week.”