Club soccer kicks off

Ram FC breaks ground with first game of the season in Denton

By Miguel Luna
On March 31, 2016

 

   Rams Soccer Club, established last fall, had their inaugural game on March 26 at 2 p.m. against the University of North Texas.“Since there is no men’s soccer team, we are aiming towards representing ASU as that,” junior player Jayson Zamora said.Although the team faced a loss against UNT, senior Sam Fowler, goalkeeper and president had 25 saves, freshman striker Daniel Cevallos and freshman Chris Gregg both had three attempts. The final score was 7-0.“We were pretty excited,” freshman player Brent Blinka said. “It was definitely an eye-opener and shows were we stand.”
   After Fowler was elected, the team had a revival that included more cooperation and commitment from all the players. Former president Miguel Torres stepped down earlier this semester. “We’re hoping for more organization in the future for the club as a whole,” Vice President Matthew Stuart said.
One of the team’s goals is to become part of the Texas Collegiate Soccer League. They are expected to join in the fall of 2016. Although the team is young, the club hopes to grow  with more exposure and improve their overall quality of play. Regional and national tournaments are held for club soccer, which the Rams Soccer Club hopes to compete at. “The team has really taken off and the UREC has helped us a lot,” Zamora said.
   During the beginning stages of the club, the team had to use cones as the goal. However, UREC has helped them acquire equipment. All of the players coach each other, since there is no official coach.“It’s really great, there’s no internal conflict,” Zamora said. “We all know what’s best for us as a team.”
There are currently 19 players on the team and with the experience gained on Saturday, they now know what to work on.
Rams Soccer Club will face Texas Tech on April 9, University of the Incarnate Word on April 16, Tarleton State University on April 23 and  Tarrant County College on April 30 as the home opener.“The game against Tarleton is definitely going to be a big one, especially because they’re our university’s rivals,” Stuart said. 
   The team hopes to get a small shuttle bus for the Tarleton game since they not only expect a big turnout but want the school to show support.
Mandatory practices and conditioning are required from the players. Practices are on held Monday through Friday with conditioning on Tuesday, and Thursday.

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