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Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014 7:45 pm

Preseason home contest against NAIA's Viterbo University set for 4 p.m.

It is less than 24 hours away before the University of South Dakota women's soccer team hits the field for the first time in 2014 against a non-Coyote opponent.

At 4 p.m. Saturday, the Coyote women host NAIA's Viterbo University at the USD Soccer Complex in a preseason contest.

They hope to show spectators and especially themselves that they have indeed improved since last year's 6-8-4 campaign.

"I want our team to go out and dominate like we know how to," senior midfielder/forward Makena Cameron said. "We need to show everybody what we can do. 

"We are not taking them lightly, we don't take anybody lightly."

Junior midfielder Elena Tsakakis said that the team is armed with a strong sense of purpose after being picked to finish last in the Summit League by the coaches.

That has sparked the squad as the get ready for Viterbo, who they beat 3-0 last season in another preseason contest.

"I remember how we played against them and we really took it to them," she said. "But there is room for improvement and we are definitely coming to show them how we improved from last year and give them a run for their money."

For head coach Mandy Green, she gets to see her players finally play someone other than...her players.

"It will be good and it gives us a break from beating themselves up in practice," Green said. "I am hoping to see a collective, unified, in your face type defense that we have been working on. 

"I am hoping to see calm and composure and connecting on a lost of passes on offense. Those are the biggest things we have stressed."

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