Mountain Lions take first step with tryout

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 17, 2008

COLORADO SPRINGS - The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' infant women's soccer program took its first step Sunday as 28 prospective players showed up for the team's first tryout.

Originally, 37 players had submitted the necessary forms to participate, but blowing snow, cold temperatures and an icy wind were likely factors influencing those who did not show up.

"It was just colder than anticipated," said UCCS coach Nichole Rick. "I felt sorry for some of the girls who were out there in shorts."

UCCS coach Nichole Rick and assistant Craig Decker evaluated players as they worked their way through three stations, each intended to test different soccer skills. Several members of the UCCS men's soccer team helped man the stations.

"We thought the tryout went pretty well," said Rick. "We liked a lot of the talent that was out there and we think that with some recruiting we can have a competitive team in our first season."

Thirteen of the participants were current UCCS students, some with previous collegiate soccer experience.

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