This week’s Creighton soccer update includes an event-blog of the Creighton men’s soccer practice held on Thursday, Oct. 9.
3:50: The Jays enter the field wearing all-blue jersey tops, black shorts and black socks. Some are wearing short sleeves, while others are sporting long sleeves. The goalies feature black outfits.
3:53: The Bluejays form four lines along the east side of the field to begin warm-ups, while coaches finish preparing the field. The three Bluejay goalies go through their own warm-up routine.
4:02: The athletes continue with partner exercises.
4:06: The warm-ups move from basic calisthenics to core exercises including planks and front falls.
4:11: The Jays are split into four groups of four for a passing drill. Two groups are near the north goal while the others are near the south end.
4:14: The two ends of the field participate in four-on-four drills. High-intensity offense versus defense. There is also an extra player on both ends that wears a different colored penny and plays offense the entire time.
4:23: Two of the foursomes switch ends of the field to present new match-ups.
4:31: The final match-up between the groups starts. It appears they are keeping track of wins and losses, because assistant coach Johnny Torres yells that one of the teams is 1-1.
4:38: The losing team on the north end in the final match-up is forced to move one of the extra goals off the field.
4:42: Coach Bolowich splits the team into two teams to play 10-against-10 on three-quarters of the field.
4:46: Coach Bolowich stops the action to offer advice on how to handle a particular situation.
4:48: Herbers gets past the defense on the right side and fires a pass towards the left-side of the box, but Ricardo Perez misses a header by a matter of feet. He nearly finished the impressive play with a diving header directed at Bolowich.
4:51: After the sun had been non-existent, the east half of the field becomes sun-covered as the big ball of gas makes an appearance.
4:57: The Jays take a short break for water. Some of the guys are stretching out to make sure they’re nice and loose for the remainder of the session.
5:03: After play resumes, Jose Ribas sends a pass across the box from the left side, but Lucas Stauffer is unable to handle it. Neither squad has scored a goal. In a way that is good, but in another way it could seem like a negative.
5:07: The 10-against-10 scrimmage concludes and the Jays move on to practice penalty kicks. Maybe a goal will be scored during this, because there wasn’t one during the last half hour of practice.
5:13: The Jays conclude practice. Following the workout, coach Bolowich said that he wished practice had gone more efficiently.
“I think it was not the right focus,” Bolowich said, “so I wish it would have gone a little smoother; a little better; a little quicker, but you have days like that where some are better and some are not as great.”