New soccer club for men kicks off

Team practices for future competitions

By Luis Montoya
On October 16, 2015

The Men’s Rams Soccer Club is a new soccer team that is rising and though the year is just beginning, they have already began practicing and improving for future matches.

“I started Rams Soccer Club because I had a deep passion to see a group of talented players come together to compete against other college students,” president of the team Miguel Torres said. “I understand not everyone was able to play sports in high school or at the collegiate level and this organization provides the opportunity to those interested in traveling and competing with a team.”

The team practices on Sundays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the campus green.

“What I love about the team is that you get to meet new people who love the same sport as you,” freshman Christian Dempsey said. “I played soccer in high school and I’m glad I get to play in college as well.”

Their team does not require professional players but guys who have an interest for the sport.

“I did not play soccer in high school,” sophomore Layne Olijar said. “But I played when I was younger and I look forward to coming out here to the field to get better. We all have a love for the sport.”

The team is currently looking for sponsors, from mainly local businesses.

“I plan to have periodic practices that will condition members to perform to the best of their abilities,” Torres said. “Honestly, I leave the drills and activities to the coach who has more knowledge about the sport than I do. The team is looking great for its first semester as a student organization. The only thing we need now are team jerseys.”

Junior Samson Judges coaches the team.

Freshman Alan De Santiago said his favorite thing so far about the team is meeting new people outside of class.

“Soccer is a sport where size doesn’t really matter much,” vice-president Carson Collins said. “All you need is to practice. And as they say, practice makes perfection.”

With each practice the team grows and progresses more.

“I look forward to competing with other colleges and showing our skills and talent,” junior Edward Reyes said. “Hopefully, with more practice we can reach a good potential.”

The team isn’t competing because they just started, but plan to compete in the future.

“What I look forward to is to compete in our first tournament against other Texas universities and to win a tournament before the semester ends,” Torres said. “Also, I can’t wait to see Rams Soccer Club become an official club sport at ASU. Those are the main goals I have for the organization; it is only a few but it will require a lot of work.”

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