Updated Aug 11, 2005 13:47:56
Tech Soccer Begins Practice for 2005 Season
For 84 days Louisiana Tech soccer head coach Jen Soileau had been counting down the days until her team arrived on campus and began practice for the upcoming 2005 season.
Yesterday morning Soileau erased the number two on the dry erase board in her office and emphatically streaked the number one.
One more day until Soileau and the Lady Techsters, comprised of 19 newcomers and only two returnees, began their journey into the program's second season.
After the long wait and with only 17 days until the Lady Techsters' first game at Northwestern State University on Aug. 26, Soileau beamed with enthusiasm about the start of the new season, as the day had finally come.
"Rich (Stoneman) and I are really excited," Soileau said. "I can't explain how excited we are to have the players we have, see what they can do and see how we become a team."
Looking to "set the standard," Soileau welcomed the Lady Techsters' to their first day of practice with a two-mile run on Louisiana Tech's track at 6 a.m. this morning, followed by two practice sessions throughout the day.
"Today we'll try to start practice on a good note," Soileau said. "We want our first practice to set the tone and the standard for the season. We want physical play and have the girls not afraid of contact. We'll work hard in the morning practices, and in the evenings play intra-squad scrimmages."
Soileau said the main purpose of the intra-squad scrimmages is to not only give her players a game-like feel for each other but to also give the coaches the opportunity to experiment with the chemistry of the team.
"We'll videotape the scrimmages and watch people in different positions," Soileau said. "We're going to watch the defensive and offensive abilities, look at different formations and see how the chemistry works with our team."
After the Lady Techsters' first match of the season at Northwestern, they will return home for their next four matches to be played in Joe Aillet Stadium.