Lipscomb men's soccer will be providing a blog and short videos throughout fall camp and the upcoming season.Sophomore AJ Schlitt, sophomore Max Robinson, sophomore Zander El-Hindi and freshman Miguel Hof give their thoughts on the first five days of camp.
Thursday, August 9
You are going to hear a lot of different perspectives from different players; different experiences, different backgrounds, different positions on the field. I want to give a voice to those who will not be participating in this season, or parts of the season, due to injury. First, let me introduce myself. My name is AJ Schlitt, known as Schlitterbahn by the team, and I am a returning Sophomore for the Lipscomb men’s soccer team this year. I am one of 3 goalkeepers currently on the team and I am from a little town called Colgate, Wisconsin.
As an injured player, even though we cannot contribute directly through using our God given talent of playing soccer, we can use other God given talents as well. This includes being supportive of our teammates during the Cooper test or filling up water bottles so those who are thirsty have fresh water to drink. We have an impact on the team in a totally different and unique way that helps keep the team moral up and positive. As a fellow goalkeeper, I mostly help out Coach Stefan Caulfield during our daily goalkeeper sessions by shagging balls so each drill can move quickly and smoothly without having to take too much time to collect balls.
Being injured doesn’t only affect you on the field, it affects you off the field as well. Injured players work with Clint Woods, our team’s Athletic Trainer. During preseason, you can work with them up to 3 times a day to help treat your injury. Rehab includes various leg raise, balancing exercises and ice...lots of ice, depending on your injury. I can speak for all those who are injured on the team when I say that we all hope to recover as quickly as possible to return to the game we all love.
- AJ “Schlitterbahn” Schlitt, Goalkeeper, Colgate, Wis., #0
Friday, August 10
During our first training session Friday, we worked on a few things coach wanted us to improve on from watching our 11 on 11 scrimmages. We did a lot of work on zonal defending. This is especially important for me as a holding mid because I am not asked to man-mark players, but to deny passes to the opposing teams forward’s feet. Valuing the ball and not giving up possession was also a key concept that was emphasized.
In the afternoon after our weights session we got to put up the nets for game our field. It was pretty funny because we had practically the whole team working together on both goals and it still took one net awhile to get put up.
My favorite part of the day was definitely the 11 on 11 scrimmage at the end of our second session. Even though we are so early in this season I honestly feel like we have improved so much as a team from day 1 to day 3. I think if we stay focused in training and apply what we’ve worked on we can reach our team goals.
- Max Robinson Midfield, Lexington, Ky., #24
Saturday, August 11
Today was good training wise. Everybody seems to be coming together. A lot of the new guys are still learning the system and getting use to the D1 level. However, every day is an improvement. During training today we mostly worked on keeping the ball and finding a teammates feet. I believe that we need to be more patient and relaxed once we have possession of the ball.
The formation and system that we are implementing is new to the team and will take some time for us to learn. As we start the season it's going to be very important that we understand each other on the field so that we're not playing catch up during crucial times of the season. On a positive note, everyone seems to have good attitude towards the game and towards one another.
- Zander El-Hindi, Midfield, Fayetteville, N.Y., #18
Sunday, August 12
After four days of training the team got some much needed rest today. A light tactical session was done after lunch in which we practiced our formation for the upcoming season. The rest of the day was spent resting, helping new freshmen move in and getting to know campus.
After the tactical session Lucas Cavenco and I made our way to Fanning Hall to help the girls move into their rooms. Fanning Hall looked so cool that we decided that we needed to upgrade our room or at least get ourselves a fridge. We made our way back to High Rise and stopped by Starbucks to have a look around. The place is amazing and I can’t wait to have a cup of coffee there. At High Rise we ran into the girls volleyball team who were actively helping guys move luggage into their rooms. It was funny to note how all us guys went to the girl’s dorms and the girls went to the guys dorms to help out. Later there was an international student’s dinner where Luke Gearin, Lucas Cavenco and I had the opportunity to meet some other international students and learn about their cultures. We also invited everyone to our first game and encouraged them all to like the men’s soccer page on Facebook.
I know that we will make this season a success and I can’t wait for it to kick off.
- Miguel Hof, Goalkeeper, Cape Town, South Africa, #1