By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.— With the preseason and Fall Training well under way for the men of the Corban University Men’s Soccer squad, Wednesday’s scrimmages against Clark College and Chemeketa are just another tool to get better to make another deep run at the Cascade Collegiate Conference and NAIA Titles.
“The mentality and attitude of our group has really been good through the first week and really the execution isn’t really important at the moment, it’s how they approach each session and in each drill,” said Warriors Head Coach Aaron Lewis on his team. “Because we know that the execution will get cleaner and cleaner as we get through.
“For now, we’re in a good spot, we’re exactly where we need to be. Today is a good day to gather more information, especially for our younger players and what it is what we need to do to work on heading into the next phase of the preseason.”
Though these games don’t count towards the overall records or stats towards CCC-League records Wednesday, they do serve as a stepping stone towards that in the long-term once the games start on August 18 in Arizona versus Arizona Christian University.
They serve as a way to see what they have as a team a little more than what practice and training can offer.
“We’ve got a decent idea who we got, but we don’t know all of these players or their tendencies so we got to find out some things they’re not very good at and build on the essentially,” said Lewis. “A lot of them won’t get a lot of time throughout the year, so these games would give us things to work on literally for the next 10 months, so it’s super important to get as much time as can game time to get that info.”
Up next for the Warriors are scrimmages against The University of The Fraser Valley at home at 1pm Saturday before Corban travels for a 7pm scrimmage in Portland versus the University of Portland.
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PHOTO GALLERY FROM SCRIMMAGES (PICTURES BY JEREMY MCDONALD)