Soccer continues preseason, ready for opener
LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland’s soccer teams continued preseason workouts this week on the soccer practice field, with the men revving up the intensity of the sessions and the women continuing to make progress despite some nagging injuries.
“A week ago I wasn’t happy with fitness, but all but two of the men’s players passed the fitness test early this week, so they made a lot of progress in just a week,” head coach Jeff Loucks said.
“We’ve moved into our drills, 2-3 sessions a day, and now we’re more worried about the pace of play. We’ve also begun putting in our systems and trying to speed up.”
The Bulldogs will begin preparation for the season opener against Emmanual College on August 28 at the Golden Corral Classic in Barboursville, Ky., at the end of the week
“We will start easing into our match readiness at the end of this week – getting match fit, putting in out set plays and corner kicks. All signs point to go for the men.”
The CU women have been slowed by injuries in the second week of preseason workouts, but nothing Loucks is too worried about.
“The women are the walking wounded, but nothing serious. We’ve got some women who are hurt but none that are injured, and come opening day, hurt can play,” he said. “Right now we’re taking the opportunity to rest them, pulling them out before their body completely breaks down and they get injured.”
Loucks has been pleased with the team’s efforts despite the limited numbers.
“The ones who are training everyday have done a good job of getting better with each session and are really going hard. We expect to be ready for the tournament next weekend as well.”
The women also open the season against Emmanuel College in Barboursville, Ky., on Aug. 28.
“I’m happy with the progress we’ve made so far with both teams, but not satisfied. After all, it is the preseason and there is progress still to be made. But we want to use our early-season games to get ready for conference play, which are the most important matches for every team.”