Soccer Opens Fall Camp Wednesday


Aug. 2, 2017


FORT WORTH – Excitement was in the air early Wednesday morning as the TCU soccer team took to the field for its first official practice as preparations began for the 2017 campaign. The Horned Frogs are coming off a landmark season that saw them earn their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

“The expectations are a lot higher,” remarked head coach Eric Bell. “I think our kids are hungry. The younger players are feeding off of that. Today was great! The mentality that they displayed during the fitness testing and the first session was very good. I’m excited for what’s to come.”

Day 1 of practice featured fitness testing in the morning followed by a spirited hour-long practice. TCU will complete its opening day with an evening session under the new lights at Garvey-Rosenthal.

“The fitness testing was the best it’s been since I’ve been here. It has set us up to do different things and not just focus on the fitness portion of soccer. We can talk more about the things that will help us win soccer games.”

The team will roll through a 16-day preseason camp that will include a pair of exhibition contests. In addition to training, the team will participate in a pair of team-building exercises around the MetroPlex.

“We are at a point where we are counting on the older players to help us coach the newcomers,” said Bell. “I think this morning’s practice gave us a glimpse of how our older players can teach our younger players how we want to conduct business.”

TCU returns 15 members from the 2016 squad and welcomes 15 newcomers to the field. Additionally, the Frogs return seven starters, including three of the top scorers from last year. Allison Ganter’s nine goals paced the team, while Emma Heckendorn’s nine assists were a single-season school record. Ganter led the team with 21 points, while Heckendorn pitched in with 15 and Kayla Hill 13. Katie Lund, who played in all 21 matches and started 10, returns in goal.

“Going forward, we want to make it as competitive as possible and as fun as possible,” said Bell. If we can do that and have a nice mix of both of those things while teaching, then I think come the 18th, we will have a pretty good idea of what we want to do.”

The 2017 campaign gets under way on Aug. 18 when the Frogs host ULM at 7 p.m. This season marks the first time since the 2008 campaign TCU will open the season at home.

 

 

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