RUSTON – With the season opener just eight days again, the Louisiana Tech soccer team is in full swing having just hit the midway point of fall camp.
A lot of the early work has been centered on conditioning with fitness being such a crucial part to the sport. Even though head coach Kevin Sherry has been forced to put a lot of emphasis on conditioning which is not ideal, the team has also been sharpening their fundamentals.
“I noticed from day one that their touch was very rusty so I reevaluated what we were going to do and just went over with the fundamentals just to get that sharpness back in,” said Sherry. “We have been doing it for about a week now and I think now we are ready to make it into a bigger picture where the tactical emphasis is involved.
The past two seasons, LA Tech has fielded squads that were predominately made up of freshmen. This season is much different as the Lady Techsters return a strong core which features nine starters and 18 letterwinners with game experience.
Already knowing what he has with many of the returners, coach Sherry and his staff will be strongly evaluating the newcomers tomorrow night with an intersquad scrimmage.
“We will be very much the same team, we will just be one year older which is a big thing,” said Sherry. “We are using Friday as a scrimmage day to evaluate players to see what positions are good for them, particularly the freshmen. Then we can start making more of a tactical and bigger phase of play.”
Off the soccer field, this group has already started making an impact in the community. Last season, the Techsters spent much of their volunteer work with 4Paws. This season they are helping with Tech farm and have already spent hours cleaning up the conservatory and the gardens.
“We are spending two days a week there in clearing it up and making it as beautiful as we can,” said Sherry. “By the end of preseason, we hope to really have contributed toward Tech farm and make it somewhere that people can go again and hang out.”
LA Tech kicks off the 2014 season on Friday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. when they travel to take on Central Arkansas.