Aug. 11, 2005
Tallahassee, FL – After getting all the first day jitters out of the way, the 2005 Florida State soccer team got down to business Thursday with an intense training session in the morning. The squad then waited out an hour-long thunderstorm before getting back out on to the pitch for the second session of the day. The Seminoles will continue two-a-days the rest of the week.
Thursday’s practice was labeled a high intensity training session by head coach Mark Krikorian the day before and it lived up to its billing. The team spent 90 minutes focusing on defense in the morning session.
“We had a great session this morning,” said senior Teresa Rivera. “It was mentally and physically challenging. It was good to see everybody working hard together. We were all on the same page today.”
The Seminoles are coming off back-to-back record-setting defensive campaigns. In 2004 the team allowed a school record 21 goals in 20 games. The year before that, the 2003 team established a record by allowing just 28 goals in 26 games. Last year was the third straight season in which the FSU defense improved on the number of goals allowed from the previous season.
“I thought we had a great session to start the day,” said team captain and All-American Kelly Rowland. “It is always great to work on defense since we have some new people back there. It was a good start at laying a foundation. It was a good day. I really liked the training session.”
On top of working on the defensive part of their game, the Seminole players continued the process of getting to know one another. With nine new faces from six different countries, playing and practicing along side one another has been just as important as the technical training.
“The team has been so welcoming and this has been a great environment,” said Sel Kuralay, who is in her first season at FSU and came to the US from Australia. “The first few sessions have been great and the team chemistry is already there. This coaching staff really knows what they are doing on and off the park. They are helping us prepare to be successful before and after sessions. I am looking forward to getting the season started. I think it is going to be a great year.”
The Seminoles will step back out on the pitch at 9:00 a.m. Friday. Keep up with all the preseason action exclusively at the newly redesigned Seminoles.com.