First Day Of Training In The Books For Women's Soccer
SPOKANE, Wash. - Day one of preseason training is in the books for the Gonzaga University women's soccer team. The Bulldogs were the first of many fall sports to arrive on campus, checking into the dorms Tuesday, and hitting the ground running Wednesday with a full day of training activities.
The weather was perfect for the Zags as they did aerobic and technical training both on Mulligan Field and on the Gonzaga Soccer practice field, along with some testing in the Josh Burrows Performance Athletic Center.
"The first day went great," stated fourth-year head coach Amy Edwards. "The players had great mentalities. They did some testing, which I really liked the numbers I saw and I really enjoyed their mentalities of getting through the first day."
One thing unique to the first day of practice was that the freshmen weren't subject to the normal nerves and jitters that come with jumping into college training. The Bulldog newcomers have actually been on campus since early July, taking classes and training together.
"I can already tell after day one that the freshmen have certainly come into our environment a little more confidently and prepared," explained Edwards. "Being here those four weeks has allowed the players to step into our group right away."
Senior forward Emma Dolcetti too saw the benefit of the newcomers getting acclimated to Gonzaga early, and believes it will only make the program stronger.
"I think it is huge that the freshmen have been here for four weeks and I can see they have already improved," stated Dolcetti. "It is going to help with their strength in practice, against us [veterans], and help them stay competitive and strong. To have that foundation compared to another freshman at another school who maybe won't is a huge advantage for them and our team."
Dolcetti, Edwards and the rest of the team know though that today was just one of many hard days ahead that are going to help prepare them to reach their ultimate goals this season.
"We want to be in the top four in WCC and make the NCAA Tournament," explained Dolcetti, the Zags top returning scorer from 2011. "There are specific goals below those they will get us there. We know our conference is one of the hardest in the country, so in order to compete with all the other teams in the conference we have to be successful at these goals."
Day two towards those goals starts Thursday.