Preseason Soccer Underway as Team Reports to Campus

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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Preseason Soccer Underway as Team Reports to Campus

BATON ROUGE – Preparations for the start of the 2016 season are officially underway for members of the LSU Soccer program after student-athletes, coaches and support staff reported to campus Tuesday for preseason training with their first training session scheduled to take place Wednesday morning at the LSU Soccer Stadium.

The Tigers will play host to Louisiana-Lafayette in a preseason exhibition match on their home field at the LSU Soccer Stadium on Aug. 12 before traveling to Charleston, South Carolina, to open their 2016 season with a match against Virginia Tech on Aug. 19 in the first match at the Charleston Classic at Patriot Point.

Following their arrival in Baton Rouge on Tuesday morning, the Tigers met with advisors from the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes and compliance office while also undergoing drug-testing education to officially begin their preparations for the 2016 season. They also joined together for their first team dinner of preseason to wrap up their first day of preseason.

The Tigers will take to the training fields for the first time this preseason on Wednesday morning with a fitness test before returning to the LSU Soccer Stadium for their first full-scale practice on Wednesday night.

After opening preseason training with their first two-a-day of camp, the Tigers will conclude their first week of training with a single session on Thursday at 4 p.m. before returning Friday with their second two-a-day of the week with sessions scheduled for 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. LSU will hold 20 team practices during preseason as they prepare to face the Hokies in their season opener on Aug. 19.