LAURINBURG — St. Andrews head soccer coach Bob Curtin doesn’t consider he’s ever been utterly ready for something in his life. However when his gamers totally perceive that they will “exit and have enjoyable, fly round and simply play soccer,” he believes his group will probably be.
That’s been the message that Curtin and the St. Andrews teaching workers have voiced to their gamers all through observe, which formally started for the St. Andrews College soccer group on Saturday.
“That’s what we try for,” Curtin stated. “We by no means actually hit that, however that’s the aim. After we get to that time, I’ll (say) that we’re utterly ready.”
Saturday’s first official day of observe was a walkthrough observe for Curtin’s group. However on Sunday, the Knights had their first official contact observe of the 2023 season on the group’s observe discipline.
“The primary couple of days (of observe) is at all times making certain that we get the brand new guys, the transfers, the freshmen built-in into the best way we do issues right here at St. Andrews,” Curtin stated. “And the children are doing nice. It’s solely day 4 and we’re getting slightly bit higher each day. In order that’s vital to me.”
The Knights are coming off of a 1-10 total report in 2022, this system’s worst mark since St. Andrews’ inaugural season in 2017. However with Curtin coming into his second season because the group’s head coach, the returning gamers have been in a position to get a full season underneath their belts with Curtin’s system and workers.
“After we first got here in final 12 months, we didn’t actually know what was occurring,” senior offensive lineman Marvin Farmer stated. “The entire teaching workers, we had an entire new one, so we didn’t actually know what to anticipate. We got here in, we had our struggles with studying the playbooks from a brand new teaching workers. So actually the vitality now’s lots higher. I imply, the younger guys that got here in, they’re out right here, they’re studying the performs. They’re doing lots higher than what we did our first three days of observe (final 12 months). So, it’s trying actually good proper now.”
“With the returners that we’ve got, nearly 50 of them, they perceive the expectation,” Curtin stated. “We’re much more disciplined, we’re much more exact in our actions and you may’t mimic that precision till you do it the best way it must be achieved time and again after which you’ll be able to progress and transfer on to the subsequent impediment or problem.”
An enormous problem for the Knights this offseason has been deciding who will substitute Andrew Fowler, the group’s beginning quarterback final season.
Curtin stated it’s been a battle between six signal-callers of their first 12 months on the group — Jalen Dodd, Mason Value, Dylan O’Banks, Darius Holly, Matthew Douyon and Blaydon Blake.
“I believe in a pair days, we’ll begin to see some separation,” Curtin stated. “I believe the extent of competitors is basically, actually good. They’re selecting it up quick, extremely athletic. It’s going to be an awesome quarterback race down the best way.”
The Knights have had a number of younger gamers step up at different positions in the course of the 2-hour-and-10-minute practices, which Farmer believes comes from glorious recruiting.
“They did what they needed to do on the recruiting aspect,” Farmer stated. “They’re displaying what they will do out right here. They’re nonetheless combating, everyone combating for place proper now, and that’s good. No one’s attempting to carry up on no one. Everyone’s attempting to struggle for one.”
Curtin and his workers will look to resolve on their starters earlier than the group’s season opener on Aug. 26 in opposition to Webber Worldwide (Fl.) in Laurinburg.
“Webber (Worldwide) is a very good group,” Curtin stated. “They’ve turned issues round. We’ve bought a whole lot of younger gamers, as you look by our roster. However…we are going to put our guys able to achieve success. I’m the kind of man that likes to work till the final minute and simply to make it possible for issues are achieved in such a vogue. The outdated saying, don’t work until you get it proper, work until you’ll be able to’t get it flawed sort of mentality. I believe we will probably be ready to compete on our opening day.”
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