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Camping Trip: University of Miami Women


This is the latest in a series of looks at South Florida's collegiate soccer teams as they prepare for the 2009 season.

Team: UM Women

Coach: Tricia Taliaferro (eighth season)

Conference: Atlantic Coast (Division I)

2008 record: 10-9-3 (3-5-2)

Opened camp: Tuesday, Aug. 4

Key players: F Brittney Steinbruch, F Kate Howarth, M Beverly Goebel, D Brittney MacDonald

Key dates: Aug. 21 vs. Florida, Sept. 24 vs. Boston College, Oct. 4 at Florida State, Oct. 25 vs. North Carolina

Taliaferro's take: "With nine returning starters, expectations are high, the excitement level is high. The drive is there. We have the experience, having played together for a while. It's exciting to open up  against Florida, the No. 8 team in the country. It prepares us for the ACC, which is the No. 1 conference in the country. To be able to play this caliber of a game early is great, because we thrive on these kind of games."