During the season, ETSU men's soccer head coach Scott Calabrese has agreed to sit down with the media relations staff to answer some questions about the team.
Below are his answers to the first set of questions this season.
What are you thoughts on the team's performance last week? How did the team meet the challenge of winning three games in six days, including the win over UAB?
"I am very proud of our performances last week. Three games in six days is difficult. When two of those teams are of the level of UNC-G and UAB it’s an even more difficult task. We like to dominate our opponents through possession and defensive pressure; however, the three games made it impossible to do this in the way we would have liked due to fatigue. We had to grind out results by defending in a disciplined manner. We had to deal with set pieces, defending deeper and playing more often on the counter attack. Our hard work, determination, and desire to win were key to our results."
What does it mean for the program to have all the success its had over ranked opponents?
"The results are important to our players and our program. The top teams will test you, punish your mistakes and expose your weaknesses, which is an important part of the process of improvement. I believe we now have confidence to compete with top teams. If we work hard and in a disciplined manner with each player performing at their best for the team and in a team-efficient way, we can be successful.
How has Geno had so much success filling the void left after the departure of Schoenfeld?
"Geno is playing in the target striker role as opposed to playing off the target. He was our leading goal scorer last season, has scored goals for us in the spring, and he continues to score goals for us now. I think that David is becoming more aware of where he should position himself. He has become more assertive as a player and is more active than last season initiating movements by finding the spaces he can exploit. He is continuing to mature as a player which is gratifying for the coaches."
How is the team progressing through the early parts of the season? What is the focus going into this weekend?
"I am happy with our progress thus far this season, yet we are still a work in progress. We have built a good level of fitness with our preseason training as well as the six matches (if you include our preseason exhibitions) and most importantly we have shown the right mentality. We are playing in a slightly different system to last season and the roles of certain players have changed, and we are still adapting to this. Then when you add new players to the team, it will take time to develop an understanding with each other but it is improving. This weekend we must start the game quickly and with the right mentality. We must compete with all 11 players working as a unit. We still must keep our focus on our daily training and the goal of continuous improvement."
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