Head Coach Dustan Harley enters his first year with the men's soccer program as the team looks to improve on their record from last year. Another competitive schedule will test the Saints from day one. As the Saints left camp Coach Harley took some time to share the progress of the 2009 men's soccer program:
When evaluating camp I look at four aspects to judge whether it was successful. 1: Did we escape camp without any major injuries? 2: Did we learn to play as a team and incorporate the new players? 3: Did we grow off and on the field as a team? 4: Did we come into camp in shape and even further our fitness during camp? By all accounts 2009 Training Camp was a complete success!
We were able to escape without any major injuries. In fact; we didn't even have an injury during camp that will force any time off the field to start the season. We brought in numerous new players, 9 in fact, and without exception they were brought into the fold of the team seamlessly. The returning players were more than happy to help out when needed and the new guys really appreciated it.
As for bonding on and off the field, this team was an instant success. Whether it was the late night meetings, playing ping pong, watching a high school jamboree, working out sleeping arrangements, finding new medicinal uses for baby powder or losing to coach in Xbox soccer, these guys bonded during camp closer than even they might realize.
Most of the guys came into camp in great shape and were pushed to the next level since August 12. One of the highlights of camp for me was sending the guys out on a four-mile run that was meant to be an easy day and having the guys decide they would set a very quick pace for the last two miles. It goes without saying that they finished together and beat their set time. Some players took over 90 seconds off their original 2-miles time. It just goes to show what can be accomplished when working as a team.
There were many great moments in camp and it exceeded all of y expectations. The base for the future of Holy Cross Soccer has been set and this nucleus is ready to move the program further and faster than ever! Go Saints!
The Saints return 12 players from last year including midfielder David Bodien, and goalkeeper Damian Marciniak. Coach Harley has also added many top recruits from around the nation including Daniel Killen who received Mr. Soccer honors in the state of Minnesota. Newcomers Tyler Ormsby, Briant Estrella, and brothers Steven and Rahim Mmadi will round out an already impressive recruiting class. The Saints enter their first year in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) and look forward to competing for a national tournament bid.