Bowers: Depth May Play Key Role

August 25, 2003

         First-year SIUE women's soccer coach Lynda Bowers said her team's depth gives her confidence heading into the team's season opener against South Dakota on Friday.
         SIUE plays South Dakota at 7 p.m. at Korte Stadium. On Sunday, Ashland invades Korte Stadium for a 1 p.m. contest.
         Bowers said many of her incoming freshmen are pushing for starting positions. That list includes Kristine Armstrong (St. Charles, Mo.), Kayla Fromme (New Berlin), Christine Stremlau (St. Louis) and Padra Bencini (Carbondale). "The best thing about the freshmen playing well is that it gives you depth," Bowers said.
         The NCAA instituted a new rule for 2003 concerning substitutions. In both halves, once a player is removed from the game, that player is out for the rest of the half.
         "I feel like I can replace some of my starters with players on the bench and not feel like we're losing anything," Bowers said.
         Jessica Brown (St. Louis), a junior, will be the starting goalkeeper for the Cougars. Brown posted a 1.49 goals against average with 53 saves last season. SIUE's other goalkeeper, Kristin Covalt (Palmer, Alaska) has been sidelined all preseason with a knee injury.
         Bowers said the Ashland game may have more importance in terms of NCAA bids because it is an in-region game. But far be it from a rookie coach to look past the first game against South Dakota.
         "You definitely want to start the season strong," she said.
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