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1st Team Meeting

Published on Feb 01, 2016

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Spartan Soccer

Spartan soccer players attain physical, relational, and academic growth in an environment of loyalty and excellence, striving for each individual to grow as a strong woman of character and integrity.

Kopion - to work until utter exhaustion

1 Corinthians 15:58 - Therefore my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor is not in vain.

Seek to achieve this in every aspect of your life: soccer, academics, relationships, job, etc.

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  • Troy Edwards
  • Evan Kirkenmeier, Asst. Coach
  • Jonny Collins, GK Coach
  • Brittany Roydhouse, Asst. Coach
  • Chad Trudo, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach


  • Jeff Probst, Athletic Trainer
  • Jim Hamad, Director of Athletics
  • Heather Reinke, Compliance & Academic Support
  • Nicole Pieart, Senior Women's Administrator, Academic Support, SAAC
  • Brian Kipley, SID
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  • This is a tryout. You are trying out for your spot, your role, your position
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  • Folders - schedules
  • Locker Room - some gear is in locker, more gear arriving tomorrow
  • Laundry - Shayla & Sam
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  • Reputation as a team that is difficult to beat.
  • Top 2 Finish in the NACC Regular Season
  • Compete successfully in the NCAA Tournament
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Player Responsibilities

  • Practice
  • Home Games
  • Away Games
  • Code of Conduct
  • Academic
  • Team Conditions and Expectations
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Play Hard

the platform for shut-outs

Play Hard

  • Kopion
  • Attitude of Excellence
  • Compete
  • Fight to win the ball back
  • Win your challenge
  • Shape
  • Organization
  • Discipline
Play Hard – this is what makes us difficult to beat and shut teams out
• Kopion – working until utter exhaustion
• Attitude of Excellence – pursuing and accepting nothing less than excellence from yourself and your teammate
• Compete – strive to win everything
• Fight to win the ball back – you just lost the ball, get it back NOW
• Win your Challenge – 50/50 ball…win it!
• Shape – maintain your attacking and defending shape at all times
• Organization – know what your job is, ask questions to make sure you understand
• Discipline – once you know your job, do it all the time, stay focused

Play Beautiful

the platform for wins

Play Beautiful

  • Tempo
  • Possession with purpose
  • Freedom in attack
  • 1st touch forward
  • Score the next goal
  • Counter attack
  • Use Width
  • Vary attack
  • Sustain attack
  • End Product
Play Beautiful – this is how we score to win games
• Tempo – do we need to play faster or slow the game down
• Possession with purpose – we possess the ball to create goal scoring opportunities
• Freedom in attack – be creative in the final third, take risks, make something positive happen
• 1st touch forward – when I receive the ball, can I play forward and create an opportunity
• Score the next goal – always pushing for the next goal no matter who scored
• Counter-attack – we won the ball, can we transition quickly to create an opportunity
• Use Width – spread the field, make the opponent have to defend the entire field, create time and space for yourself
• Vary attack – be unpredictable, go around the outside, play through passing lanes, play over the top
• Sustain attack – maintain support and balance to keep them pinned in their half
• End product – get something out of each attack, a corner, a shot, a cross, a goal

Play as One

the platform for championships
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Play as One

  • Loyalty
  • For one School
  • For one Team
  • Community
  • Accountability
  • Stick Together
  • Every Moment Matters
  • Your Role is Important
Play as One – this is what is needed to win trophies
• Loyalty – your teammates must know you have their back at all time
• For one School – you are playing for AU, take pride in who you represent
• For one Team – you are playing for your teammates, make them better
• Community – this is a family, treat one another accordingly
• Accountability – do what you say you are going to do, challenge your teammates to do the same
• Stick Together – in the hard times, stay the course, be resilient
• Every Moment Matters – every choice, play, and decision has repercussions, make the most out of them
• Your Role is Important – each of you have different talents, recognize what value you bring to the team
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Daily Reminders

  • Be Professional
  • Act like a champion
  • Respond to adversity; don't react
  • Be on time. Being late means either it's not important to you or you can't be relied upon
  • Take ownership
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