Aug. 7, 2013
By Kasandra Martinson
FRESNO, Calif.--- The Fresno State Soccer team reported for its 2013 fall camp on Wednesday morning. Head coach Brian Zwaschkais excited to get the team back on the field working together in preparation for their upcoming season.
The team is set to have three sessions every day until the first day of classes in two weeks.
"The reality is that you have a very short amount of time that you have to cram in a lot of information, "said Zwaschka. "The leadership in this group helps expedite the process and should make it easier for our new players to integrate. Likewise with the older group, it will be a lot more about refining things and staying healthy."
With only two Bulldogs graduating last year, Fresno State returns 20 players this season, including six seniors.
"I'm excited for all six seniors going into this season, especially because we have been together for three years, "said Zwaschka. "These are players that I recruited, so we have known each other a long time. They are a good group of people that likes to have fun while doing the work, so it creates a great vibe and potential for really great chemistry throughout the team."
The Bulldogs welcome four new players as the team enters its second year in the Mountain West. The team finished tied for fifth in conference last season, and looks to be more competitive in 2013.
"We learned a lot of lessons last year and feel that we can be better prepared because of those lessons, "said Zwaschka. "I think it will be a really exciting league by the time we start. There are definitely a lot of good competitive teams and we feel like we can compete with anybody."
During the two-week camp, the team will break up its practice schedule with its annual intrasquad Red and White scrimmage and an exhibition game against UC Irvine. The Bulldogs are set to have their Red & White scrimmage on Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. on the Soccer/Lacrosse field.
"It's the first feeling of a real game for the season, "said Zwaschka. " It's the first time when we really allow the players to be responsible like they need to be in games."
The 'Dogs then turn around the following weekend and host UC Irvine for a preseason exhibition on Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. on the Soccer/Lacrosse Field.
"It makes sense for us to schedule a really difficult top team, "said Zwaschka. "We want to put ourselves in the situation where we are really going to have to compete to earn things. It's awesome that they are coming up here to get some tough competition before games really count. "
"Discover Fresno State Athletics"--Mark your calendars for Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. when the Bulldogs host Santa Clara for their home opener and Project 9000 at Bulldog Stadium!
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