Posted Aug 19, 2005 20:34:57
Tech Soccer Continues Preseason Practice, Gearing Up For Northwestern
With ten days of a grueling preseason practice schedule behind them, the Lady Techsters look forward to the next seven days ahead of them, which lead to their first match of the 2005 season at Northwestern State University on Aug. 26.
The biggest question mark entering preseason was how quickly this team comprised of 19 newcomers with only two returnees would gel into a smooth, operating unit.
And after the first ten days of practice, Louisiana Tech head coach Jen Soileau is confident her team will answer that question well.
“These girls are coming together,” Soileau said. “I like the team chemistry, they’re holding each other accountable and they’re fitting the style of game I want to play, which is a possession type of game. They’re making good decisions on the field, and we’re progressing well.”
With only two returnees, Soileau said the Lady Techsters needed some of the newcomers to step up and take a leadership role, and the standard she wanted before preseason practice started is being set.
“We have girls who are making statements and really growing into leaders with our team,” Soileau said. “Brittany Davis and Kat Peters showed their determination and leadership by doing extremely well on fitness tests, and Savanna Russo is taking leadership in our defense. These girls are doing what it takes to win, and they are setting the standard for the team. Every practice they help raise the intensity level.”
Soileau said the hard work and practice schedule has taken its toll on the team injury-wise, but the Lady Techsters will continue practicing and striving to be ready for the match-up against the Demons.
“We’ll be ready for a challenge next Friday,” Soileau said. “We have plenty of depth, and we’ve narrowed our system down to fit our personnel. We want to use these non-conference games to prepare us for conference games. The girls’ adrenaline will be up, and they’ll be excited and nervous. With 18 freshman, I expect us to be a little anxious for the first 15 minutes or so, but I think we’ll settle down and play well after that.”
Northwestern was picked to win the Southland Conference this year, but the Lady Techsters will head back to the practice field Monday morning from 9-11 a.m. in preparation for the season opener.
After their contest with the Demons, the Lady Techsters will return home for four consecutive matches to be played at Joe Aillet Stadium, beginning with Mississippi Valley State on Aug. 28 at 1 p.m.