Men's Soccer Blog

05 Jun

Summer Camps Begin

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This past weekend we suffered two tough losses, but this week the youth soccer summer camps started which has rejuvenated our morale and given us an added boost of energy. Along with the summer camps, on Monday June 3rd, Tanner Whitworth, Ace Phillips and I had the opportunity to go to Crescent Middle School in Draper, Utah and meet with a second grade class. The kids were able to ask us questions about the game of soccer and about our own soccer careers.

30 May

Big Weekend

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Our week long trip to California and game in Colorado set us up nicely for the season collecting a total of four points against some of our toughest opponents on the road. Not to mention a good amount of team bonding at Six Flags and over some great food and walks around town. As much fun as we've had out of state, it's been exhausting. Over the past week and a half we've all been able to rest a little and get into a better practice schedule.

02 May

Springtime for Soccer Kids

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The end of the winter semester has a different meaning for every student. Generally, all that this time of year evokes is wonderful: warmer weather (usually), visits home for the summer, family vacations, cheaper rent, flowers, the zoo opening up again, and best of all, no more homework. For the BYU Men's Soccer team, this time of year is especially sweet. The grass is finally ready for outdoor training sessions. 6 a.m. practice becomes 7 a.m. practice, and the season is getting into full swing.

28 Apr

A Look Back at Preseason

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Yesterday we had our final preseason game, a solid victory against Western Wyoming. Overall, I would say our preparation for the upcoming PDL season this year has been good. We have put in the grueling hours, with 6am practices, often not finishing until 10am. It certainly is not easy, as we as players have class the rest of the day, and many of us work too. But I think we can say that we are prepared. We have had some good games that have revealed our strengths and weaknesses, and we have worked on them accordingly.

08 Mar

Springtime, Costa Rica, Saturday Game and RSL!

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We made it to Spring! That means, post-practice on a sunny day you’ll be able to see shirtless Sterling Hancock and Dallin Cutler knocking the ball around (ladies, that’s about 10am, Monday through Friday).
The perfect weather almost makes the team trip to Costa Rica May 4-14 a bit bittersweet… okay, not at all, it’s just sweet. The team trip will take us around the country to visit beaches, eat great food, explore jungles and volcanoes, freshen up on Spanish pick-up lines and, oh yeah, play soccer.
08 Mar

Injuries, Blue and White Game, Camp Williams and Finals

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Happy finals week BYU students, it’s always darkest before grades are posted.
It looks like it’s been a long time since we’ve had a blog post out for your reading enjoyment, so I’ll give a little update for the last week or two.
We are loaded with injuries lately, with Sterling Hancock, David Gates, John Junca, Jantzen Romney, Garrett Losee, and of course Toni Niccoli, unable to practice (am I missing anyone?).
08 Mar

Comments on the Game Vs. Western Wyoming, a 9-0 Victory: Assistant Coach Brandon Gilliam

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One week into practice and we got an early chance to test out how things are progressing with a scrimmage in the IPF saturday night. It was great news when Western Wyoming accepted and was willing to make the trip down to play us. As a coaching staff we were a few days into practice and had not even had the chance to talk about possible starting line ups.
08 Mar

21 Players, 5 Fitness Tests, 1 Hors-zelle

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2/29/12 – Exactly one week ago the BYU Men’s Soccer team participated in anIntra-squad Fitness Battle. The battle would consist of a 1-mile run, the Beep test, Pro-Agility, vertical jump, and a 40yd shuttle. All 21 players competed in each ofthese contests with the prize of a brand new set of practice gear on the line. Practice gear includes new pair of socks, shorts, and shirt. Also good to sell on ebay for upwards of $60 as a complete set. Very coveted.The top contenders for the title before the contest were Garrett Losee, MikeMoreno, and Jantzen Romney.
08 Mar

Rich Harrison Returns

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This week’s player spotlight shines brightly on a returning BYU soccer player: Rich Harrison. Rich recently returned from a two-year mission to Ghana where he spoke Ewe, Ga, Dangme, Nzema, and Akan (all are government sponsored languages). Okay, maybe he spoke English there mostly, but I bet he could say “hi” in a few of these languages. I won’t know until I actually interview Rich. (I thought the write up would go best if I went by my gut – interview will come later).
Anyways, while interviewing Rich, I learned about his rock solid strength.
08 Mar

Team Picks Up "Classy" Romy Lakip

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We have another Noob this week, Romy Lakip. Like Josh, he isn’t really new, because he was with us in the fall, and it seems like I’ve known him for an eternity because he’s my roommate. As a soccer player, Romy is like a fine Chevre, mature, smooth, a great finishing touch and acidic on defense. Chevre is goat cheese, and – like Romy – it’s delicious. For those of you who don’t speak metaphor or don’t like cheese, Romy is the perfect center-mid.

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