Lipscomb men's soccer will be providing a blog and short videos throughout fall camp and the upcoming season. Gabe Stewart talks about game day procedure while Zach Tarbox discusses preparing for Louisville.
Saturday, August 18
Today was one of the last practices of preseason and we are finally beginning to click as a team. During training we worked on some of the different ways to move into the final third of the field. At first I found this new style of play to be difficult but now as we keep repeating the process I am beginning to understand it. Generally the team seems excited to be moving out of preseason so we can finally begin to start playing regular season games.
The rest of the day was spent lounging around and resting (as coach said of course) getting ready for training tomorrow and our pre-season game against Louisville Monday night. I think I speak for everyone when I say I’m looking forward to it. It will be a lot of fun to see how we stack up against one of the top programs in the country. I know everyone looks to see all of our hard work will pay off!
Tomorrow the guys still in fat camp will have to run the cooper a final time. Hopefully I can put to rest my fat camp nickname “Chunk Diesel” for good. Just some advice to any future college players out there, definitely make your fitness test the first time. Fat camp was rough but I worked hard through it and I expect to see results tomorrow. Although as fun as fat camp was, I don’t plan on participating next season!
To wrap up my day I ate dinner with the team outside of Allen Arena, took a shower then sat back and watched some TV shows on Netflix. Overall college seems to be fun and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year. Go Bisons!
Thursday, August 16
The day started out for most people with a nice wakeup breakfast with the team and a morning session after. The session included walkthroughs for our free kicks and corner kicks, making sure we were prepared for our set pieces during the game.
After practice the team got in the cold tub so that our muscles could recover, the cold tub reduces inflammation so that we are light on our feet. Lunch and dinner was next. We had sub sandwiches and it was the perfect pregame snack for us. We got to the field about 5 p.m. for early for warm-ups. We were all pretty surprised by the warm up soundtrack that had been chosen for us, it was all country… but it didn’t take away from our concentration on the game.
Early on in the game, Luke Gearin scored a PK. This was no ordinary PK; it was caused by hustle and great individual work from Jeremy Reid. The score was 1-0 for most of the game until the second half rolled on in. Grendel, I mean Tyler Burckhardt had a half volley from about 19 yards out after muscling through UAH’s last defender, Tyler’s goal put us up 2-0 for the remainder of the game. Our captain, Ethan Summers, was a great help in our midfield and defense. We played well individually and well together, but in the end the score should have been higher but we couldn’t finish some good opportunities, but we are working on finishing, shape and movement, and constantly trying to get better while doing so.
After the game we all got pizza and there was enough so that each play got half of a box, it was a nice treat after the win because it was already too late to eat dinner on campus.
- Gabe Stewart