Pre-Season is just around the corner and soon the Men and Women of College Soccer will be returning to campus for the challenging season ahead. Whether you’re a student-athlete, a seasoned pro or just enjoy some pick up on the weekends, what you wear on your feet is crucial to your on field performance. Inside College Soccer takes a look at the hottest options this season as we count down our top 6 picks:
By ICS Correspondant Andie Deutschle
With the 2017 College Soccer just a few days away, there are certain players that can either make or break their team this year. While they don’t quite have the weight of the world on their shoulders, they still have a big role to fill in their team- some stopping goals, assisting goals, and others scoring them. Here’s my list of the top five players to watch this season- if I’m right they’ll be doing some amazing things for their teams.
5) Bridgette Andrzejewski. This forward from the University of North Carolina has already made a name for herself as she prepares to enter her sophomore year. As a freshman, Andrzejewski started 21 games, finding the back of the net 9 times along with 2 assists, gaining 20 points. UNC describes her as “a rocket ship, her acceleration and speed is world class”- and it’s true. Anyone who has watched this player is more than aware of her fast pace and her ability to get behind the oppositions defense. She’ll be determined to be a regular starter this season, and if her freshman year is any indication of this year, I predict we’ll be seeing more of Andrzejewski.
Ever wondered what being a D1 soccer player is like during pre-season? The sprints, the ice baths, the hydration & nutrition, the tactics – everything is vital at this time of year. YouTuber and Gardner Webb Assistant Coach Javi Bautista takes us inside the pre-season preparations for a D1 College Soccer Program.
Across the country, college soccer teams are checking in for pre-season. 6am practices, team meetings, fitness tests and strength training all start now. Here are few pictures from some of the Women’s teams in different states. Good luck to all college players for an invigorating and injury-free pre-season. Tweet your pre-season training pictures to @insidecollegesoccer
Stanford Men’s Soccer are hoping for the same directness and attitude this upcoming season. There’s still a strong nucleus from last years Championship winning team and exciting recruits ready to come in and make an immediate impact. Continue reading “Stanford: Establishing a Legacy”
While Santa Clara hasn’t won the NCAA Championship since 2001, they’ve been pumping out incredible soccer stars that go on to have amazing professional careers- some even winning Gold Medals and becoming World Cup Champions. They might not be the best at winning trophies, but to be fair, no one gives out trophies for producing soccer players that go on to be superstars, for not only professional teams, but for National Teams as well.
With the new college soccer season just around the corner, it’s time to take a closer look at some players that may just be the key for Stanford’s Women’s Soccer Team to win an NCAA title. After a disappointing 1-0 loss to Santa Clara in the NCAA championship third round last year, they’ll look to come back this season stronger and better. Although they won their 11th Pac-12 conference title last year, they’ll still be looking to come out powerful this season and win an NCAA championship- and here’s the 3 players that could help them reach the title they haven’t earned since 2011.
Footy Magazine 4-4-2 USA recently ran an article to declare the ’25 Best Coaches in American Soccer’ . The college scene was well represented with many of the coaches having played or coached at the college level at some point in their careers: Including of course, the number 1 pick Bruce Arena who held the Head Coach’s job at the University of Virginia. Here are the 2 current college soccer coaches that made it into the list:
Jeremy Gunn – Stanford Men’s
Rank – 23
Debut post from Andie Deutschle.
If you consider yourself a Women’s Soccer fan, you’re probably familiar with the big names of Christen Press, Lindsey Horan, Rose Lavelle, and Mallory Pugh. While all four of these women are outstanding players, gaining a chance to represent their country on the USWNT, they all earned their spot on the national team through different routes. Some played for college, others bypassed it, and some players forged to go overseas to get experience- but they all ended up in the same place. So what’s the deal with college soccer? Is it helping or hurting female athletes? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t as easy as a “yes” or a “no”.
Happy Fourth of July to all of our readers. We were sent this video this morning and feel it perfectly sums up the college soccer experience in the land of the free!
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