Aug 13, 2013
RUSTON - The Louisiana Tech soccer team continues to make strides after concluding another two-hour practice session this morning at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex in what was their sixth day of fall camp.
Most of the practices up to this point have primarily been focused on increasing the fitness levels of the players, especially the 18 freshmen, and keeping drills as linear as possible in order to gradually adjust the player's legs to strong cutting.
This morning head coach Kevin Sherry and Co. really started to increase the cutting and contact, using half the field for counter attack methods and formation defense.
Not only have most of the players been adjusting well to their first fall camp at LA Tech, but the coaching staff has as well with the new additions of assistant coaches Kiva Gresham and Josh Wagenaar.
"[Fall camp] has been going really well," said Wagenaar who joined the program this past January after serving three years as the goalkeeper coach at Graceland University. "I feel bringing in all the new freshmen, and me being new as well, it's kind of nice that you almost get to start over with the whole new team.
"We put in a lot of good work through the spring time with the nine returners we've got here. They've really adapted well with the 18 freshmen and I think we're all kind of molding together very well through the first six days here."
Whether it be back center or middle left, a freshman is probably playing that position in practice. This incoming group will be relied upon heavily to fill holes in the starting 11 and provide depth throughout the season.
Another position that has a newcomer in the mix as well is at goalkeeper where Wagenaar's expertise definitely comes into play since he has extensive coaching and professional playing experience in net.
The next phase of camp will be to extend drills to full-field and create more game-like situations in preparation for the season opener on Aug. 23 at LSU.
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