SEARCY (AP) - Harding University is opening soccer season.
Harding will host Drury University on Thursday. The Lady Bisons are 5-8-2 in season openers.
It will be the third time in program history that HU has opened their season against Drury. The Panthers won the first game 2-1 in 2005 and the two teams tied the last season opener 1-1 in 2006.
The Bisons return 17 letterwinners, including 10 starters, off last season's team that finished 7-9-2 overall and 4-5-1 in the Great American Conference.
Harding's leading returning scorer is senior forward Jenna Taylor, who led the Lady Bisons with six goals and tied for the team lead with three assists last season.
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