Men's Soccer Opens Practice for 2007 Season
Aug. 15, 2007
MILWAUKEE - A little rain may have fallen during the workout, but that didn't damper any attitudes of the Marquette men's soccer team as it opened practice for the 2007 season at the practice turf at Valley Fields.
The team started workouts at 7 a.m. with a practice devoted to conditioning and fitness. In the afternoon, the squad returned to the pitch for technical training. The evening practice targeted tactics and strategy as a team unit.
"Everyone was really excited to get going," head coach Louis Bennett said. "I loved getting up at 6 a.m. to get here for a 7 a.m. workout. And to come to our practice facility with our equipment already here is really great."
The morning workout was all about conditioning. In all, Bennett said he was happy with the shape of the team in the first day of workouts. He gave credit to the returning players for the high level of fitness.
"Because we were 90 percent fit, I was very pleased," he added. "Many of the freshmen came in fit and most of the returning players came in fit. That is a testament to the leadership of our team, from seniors to sophomores."
After a rest period and time for recuperation, the team was back at the Valley for a session devoted to individual situations. Some of the drills included goalkeepers working on clearing loose balls in the box, a three-on-three open field drill, and a a drill in which defensive players cleared a cross.
The team gathered again for an evening session that focused on team strategy. The first two days of practice, the night session will focus on defense before introducing offensive sets.
Even though this is just the first day of practice, the team will show itself off on Thursday, August 16 at Fan Fest 2007. After an interactive soccer session for the fans, the team will hit the field for an intra-squad scrimmage at 8 p.m.
"During the scrimmage, I expect to see the sparkling potential of the incoming guys and tremendous growth of the returning players," he said. "We'll see who, after two days of practice, is prepared to show something and who knows enough of the system to make an effect on the game."
Fan Fest 2007 is free and open to the public. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. at Valley Fields.