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Women’s soccer off to 6-5 start

After a tumultuous offseason, the Belmont women’s soccer team is adjusting to life under first-year head coach Heather Henson.

Henson, who spent 12 years at Atlantic Sun rival ETSU, is excited to be at Belmont. In the few months she’s been in Nashville, she’s gotten to know returning players and newcomers while settling into administrative and coaching duties.

“The reason I came is I want to coach. The players have accepted me,” she said. “They said they wanted a coach, they wanted to be coached, and that they want to play. I’ve brought in different things and different strategies, and they’ve all opened up their minds and said ‘Let’s give this a shot.’ ”

Coming in to Atlantic Sun play, the Bruins have a 6-5-0 record. Henson admits that the team is still in the process of tweaking their game, but she has a positive mentality toward the team’s development.

“It is a process day to day, game by game, from non-conference to conference games. We’re targeting at getting 1 percent better every day,” Henson said. “On any given day, anyone in our conference is a battle.”

Henson is confident of the team’s success through of the players’ approach.

“It’s a process for any program, but the ladies have come in with an open mind,” she said. “We’re going to have strength in our unity and unity in our strength, and I think good things are going to happen.”

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