Tony Jones | August 11, 2016
Following weekend reporting to campus, a battery of routine physical tests, and even putt-putt competitions in the name of team bonding, the University of Notre Dame men’s soccer team officially began preparation for its 2016 season on Wednesday.
The Irish held a pair of practice sessions on old Alumni Field, the longtime former home of the Notre Dame varsity soccer programs, to jump start training for their first exhibition scrimmages on Aug. 14 at SIU-Edwardsville in Illinois.
“That’s one of the hardest things, the short time of preseason,” Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark said prior to the start of fall camp.
“The first practice will be on Wednesday and the first game on Sunday. The thing that is so important is that they come in fit, as there is no time. If we try to get them fit in preseason then all we are going to do is get their muscles tight and we’re going to get injuries. The early testing should tell where they are from a physical standpoint, and if past seasons are anything to go by they have always come in really good shape. Most of them would have played a good bit through the summer, among themselves, but this will be the first time back as a team again.”