Aug. 8, 2008
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --Vanderbilt soccer opened its preseason training today in preparation for the 2008 season.
The Commodores had their fitness testing this morning and will start their first practice session of the season Friday evening.
"I thought overall as a group that all of the kids hard work and commitment this summer staying in Nashville and working out is showing in their fitness levels," said eighth-year head coach Ronnie Coveleskie. "Overall I was really pleased with their competiveness in their fitness and to me we are already way ahead of where we were to start last preseason."
Two players Coach Coveleskie singled out to start were sophomores Molly Kinsella and Kristine Chaklos, both of whom led the way through the fitness tests.
The Commodores will practice twice a day in preparation for the exhibition opener against Wake Forest in Winston Salem on Aug. 19.
The Commodores open the regular season at home against local foe Belmont on Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Soccer for a Cure Classic that benefits the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. For more information about this cause you can visit the following website (http://www.soccerforacure.org/cgi-bin/sfachome1.pl).
In addition the Commodores SEC game against Auburn on Sept. 28 will be televised regionally on Fox Sports Net at 2 p.m. CT as part of the SEC Television package, The game is part of Under Armour's Power In Pink campaign for breast cancer awareness. For more information about this you can visit the following website (http://www.underarmour.com/powerinpink/).
Vanderbilt returns both its leading scorers from last year in Molly Kinsella (six goals, three assists, 15 points), a freshman All-SEC performer a year ago, and senior forward Amy Wilcox (four goals, four assists, 12 points). Anchoring the midfield is senior Katie Schulz, a three-time All-SEC performer.
Leading the backfield is Mary Rachel Reynolds, a freshman All-SEC honoree a year ago, and goalkeeper Rachel Bachtel who started in all 19 games as a freshman.