Women's soccer finishes first week of 2006 training camp

Aug. 15, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- - Waking up at 7 a.m. every morning is grueling, but if you are going to the beach to see the sunrise, then it is worth while. This is what the Jacksonville University women's soccer team has been doing every morning for the last week to start preparations for the 2006 season.

"The year is off to a great start," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "The girls passed their fitness test the first time around and all of our returning players are more fit than they were last year. This should be a big advantage for us since we can get to training more quickly and not have to worry about raising their fitness level."

The Dolphins reported to camp last Friday for a tough fitness test and an intersquad scrimmage. After the scrimmage, the team went to St. Augustine for a retreat before coming back to campus on Sunday night for another team scrimmage. On Monday, the Dolphins began their 7 a.m. workouts along with two sessions of practice on campus. This schedule will continue until their first exhibition game on Saturday against Coastal Carolina.

"This is going to be a great group to work with," said Kouns. "We've increased our dedication from last year and they are showing a greater level of focus about their training than last year. Overall, we are off to a very promising start since the chemistry has been good from the first scrimmage."

"I think everything has been going really well," said senior goalkeeper Michelle Kmiotek. "Preseason camp is a lot like boot camp, but it will get us in shape for the season. We have to help the freshman get used to the speed of the college game so we can all help each other reach the team goal of winning the Atlantic Sun Championship."

The Dolphins open the 2006 season on Saturday in an exhibition match against the Chanticleers at 6 p.m. JU will open the regular season against Georgia at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, in Athens, Ga.