Soccer Practice Gets Underway

Under the direction of fourth year Coach Todd Bramble, the Alabama soccer team officially began training camp on Wednesday. The Crimson Tide practiced early in the morning at the Alabama Soccer Stadium, starting camp off with just one session on the day.

"It is good to get started," Bramble said. "I was very pleased with the start and the fitness level as a whole. We were able to get some touches on the ball in possession and break up into small sided games for some competition. We are trying to establish a pecking order so for them to compete hard against each other will only make us better."

Alabama began the morning with a warm-up and then dove into some technical possession and passing to get the touch back. The goalkeepers began the camp with some footwork and handling drills.

The team then broke up into three squads for small-sided games with each finish dictating the amount of fitness at the end of practice.

"We were all very excited to be back and have everyone together," senior midfielder Shannon Lathrop said. "It was good to get back into the heat to try and get used to it. The energy was really high and everyone worked really hard."

Alabama will have 16 more training sessions, including six double-days before taking to the pitch for an exhibition match against Clemson in Tuscaloosa on Sunday, Aug. 14. The 2011 campaign will officially open against Kennesaw State on Friday, Aug. 19, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m., at the Alabama Soccer Stadium.

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