ANDERSON, S.C. – With the fall season officially getting underway on Friday, the Anderson University women’s soccer team took full advantage of the opportunity and conducted a practice at 12:01 a.m. Friday morning under the lights at the Abney Practice Field.
Head Coach Samar Azem led the team through a fitness drill that pushed the team to its breaking point, but the majority of the team passed the test, a feat that is difficult to achieve for the opening practice of the year. After the running was complete, the team finished off the morning in the Abney Athletic Center weight room with the goalkeepers conducting their fitness test on the treadmills.
With the team’s strong showing in its first practice, Azem is very excited about how the team looked and she is looking forward to the next couple weeks.
“This has been a small tradition here and was put in place to bypass the nerves and the sleepless nights that came before the first fitness test in the early mornings,” Azem said. “I’m really impressed with our group, they really surpassed our expectations. This is the best group I’ve coached in preseason for a long time.”
The team will continue practices throughout the weekend, before beginning the season with a scrimmage against Georgia Gwinnett on Aug. 22 at Trojan Stadium for a 5 p.m. kickoff. The regular season is scheduled to begin on Sept. 7 against nationally ranked Rollins. That match against the Tars is slated for 3 p.m.