Throughout the course of the 2011 season, MVNU
junior defender Damon Yoder will write a weekly blog about what is
happening with the team.
"The Preseason" (posted on August 24, 2011)
Well folks, I would like to start this
year out by saying it is great to be back on
campus. All summer, we have been working
extremely hard day in and day out with
sprints and lifting and now it is officially
time to show everyone what we have in store.
We made our way to school on August 10th
where we started out with the timed mile
run. We were supposed to make it in a time
of 5:15 and then the next morning we ran
"The Beep Test." After that, we have been
doing two-a-days and plenty of ice baths.
Involved in this time was a lot of team
bonding events to involve the freshmen into
the team. The seven incoming players are
Kyle Simpson, Alec Barnhart, Josh Selle,
Kwaku Fringpong, Ian Johnson, Tim
Prendergast, and Collin Riley. There will be
more from them in the future.
past Tuesday was our first scrimmage where
the Cougars topped Ohio Christian University
2-1. With four returning seniors, seven
incoming players, and a new coaching staff,
our team is looking very well. Marc Cannon
and Josh Selle were the first to score for
the 2011 season.
The next scrimmage
that came about was against NCAA Division II
Ohio Dominican University on Saturday at
ODU. The Cougars started out very well, but
it was ODU that came out on top with a goal.
The Cougars fought but never received the
equalizer as the game ended 1-0.
these two scrimmages, it showed us that we
can compete with the strongest teams out
there and that there is always a chance to
be on top. It also expressed to the players
and coaching staff that our new system is
very possible. One of the first things Coach
Belleman told the team on his arrival was
"You might not be the most skilled team, but
you will be the most physically-fit team."
So far, it shows that we will be.
Thank you for taking the time to read about
your Cougar family. I hope that you continue
to tune in for future posts and possible
video. Also, continue to cheer for your
Cougars! God Bless!
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