Twenty-five student athletes from the University of Illinois women's soccer team trained with the Missouri National Guard at Fort Leonard Wood.


Twenty-five student athletes from the University of Illinois women's soccer team trained with the Missouri National Guard at Fort Leonard Wood.

The team was near Fort Leonard Wood following an exhibition match with the University of Missouri that ended Friday tied at 1. The Fighting Illini coach, Janet Rayfield, wanted her players to experience some unusual, but beneficial training.

Guardsmen from the 140th Regiment Missouri Regional Training Institute, a unit on post that specializes in training, provided a four-stop, round-robin of training stops, as well as a look into the everyday obstacles soldiers must overcome.

About 20 Guardsmen helped run or supported four stations, which included an indoor weapons simulator, an obstacle course, riot control equipment training and a tactical movement and grenade toss competition. The players were issued body armor vests, elbow and knee pads and rubber M-16 rifles to use at the stations.