The Sideline: Bears scrimmage again in football; UCA women's soccer picked 6th

UCA to scrimmage for 2nd time Saturday

The University of Central Arkansas Bears will complete their first full week in pads with their second scrimmage of the preseason at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at First Security Field at Estes Stadium.

“We have competition for several spots on the depth chart,” said UCA coach Steve Campbell after the first scrimmage last week. “This is a big week for us and a big scrimmage for us.”

The competition is for spots on the two-deep and traveling squad and determining which younger players will be put on the fast track to play this season.

The Bears open against Texas Tech at Lubbock on Aug. 30.

UCA women picked 6th in SLC

The University of Central Arkansas women’s soccer team is picked sixth in the Southland Conference in both preseason polls by the league’s coaches and sports information directors.

It is the highest the UCA women have ever been ranked in the SLC preseason poll.

Central Arkansas, who finished the regular season tied for fifth place last season, made its first ever appearance in the SLC Tournament last season, after going 9-10-2 overall and 6-6 in SLC play.

The Bears will begin the season with an exhibition match against Oral Roberts at the Bill Stephens Soccer Complex at 5 p.m. Saturday. They will begin the regular season at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 against Louisiana Tech at the Stephens Complex

UCA men play exhibitions on road

The University of Central Arkansas men’s soccer team will open the season with exhibitions in Jackson, Miss., on Saturday (Mississippi College) and the University of Mobile (Monday).

The Bears open the regular season Aug. 23 at Tulsa University.

UCA, which played seven overtime games a year ago, plays in the Missouri Valley Conference as an affiliate member.

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