Aug. 7, 2012
RUSTON - The Lady Techsters soccer team pulled up their leg socks and strapped on their cleated shoes for the first morning practice of the 2012 season.
They practiced for approximately an hour and a half at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex last night and again this morning with the main focus of both sessions being up-tempo ball passing.
"The basic philosophy of passing the ball to make us play quicker is important," said head coach Kevin Sherry. "It's important that the players, really the freshmen, understand speed of play because you have to have a certain level of technique in order to have a quick speed of play."
The defenders, midfielders and forwards went through a variety of passing drills working on using their back foot more, killing the ball dead when receiving a pass and processing passing options as fast as possible.
"We want to play a more possession-style of soccer so passing is paramount to everything we do," said Sherry. "Another team that's physical and strong will just kick it long and use their power game. Our players are in pretty good shape, especially the returners. The freshmen look pretty good too so we'll concentrate on speed with our technique of passing."
The 12 newcomers paid close attention to coach Sherry's instructions and the upperclassmen trying to get a good feel for what's expected of them during practices. The talented incoming class will push hard for playing time and be given early opportunities to contribute on the field, especially the strikers.
"The freshmen will have a lot to say in our offense," said Sherry. "That's where our front offensive players are so hopefully that's where the offense is going to come from."
The Lady Techsters will open the season at home against Murray State on Aug. 18th at 1 p.m.
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