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HCCC men's soccer preview

A look at the upcoming HCCC men's soccer season.
NBA LEGEND PAT RILEY MAY HAVE TRADEMARKED THE TERM THREE-PEAT BUT THERE IS ONE AREA TEAM IS TRYING TO MAKE ONE HAPPEN.
THE HCCC MEN'S SOCCER TEAM HAS WON BACK TO BACK NATIONAL TITLES AND NINE NATIONAL TITLES OVERALL.  THIS SEASON THE GENERALS HOPE TO ADD TO THOSE TOTALS.

" WE ALWAYS SET THE BAR HIGH, IT'S SET HIGH FROM DAY ONE "

AFTER BACK TO BACK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, EXPECTATIONS FOR THE HCCC MEN'S PROGRAM ARE AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH.  BUT AS THE HEAD COACH SEES IT, EXPECTATIONS DO NOT EQUAL PRESSURE.

" AS FAR AS PRESSURE GOES, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT WITH OUR TEAM, HALF THE TEAM IS SO NEW, THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT WHAT THE PRESSURE IS.  THEY'RE JUST COMING INTO, THEY KNOW THE HISTORY.  AS FAR AS THE COACHING STAFF, WE SET OUR STANDARDS AND EXPECTATIONS SO HIGH THAT ALL THE OUTSIDE PRESSURE TO IT DOESN'T REALLY EFFECT US AT ALL. "

EVEN RETURNING PLAYERS UNDERSTAND THAT NO CHAMPIONSHIP IS GUARANTEED, AND HARD WORK TODAY WILL IMPROVE TITLE CHANCES LATER.

" WE TAKE IT GAME BY GAME, OBVIOUSLY THAT'S OUR BIG GOAL BUT WE CAN'T GET THERE WITHOUT PRACTICING HERE AND GETTING THE JOB DONE HERE FIRST."

AS WITH ANY TWO YEAR SCHOOL, TURNOVER IS JUST PART OF THE GAME, BUT THE GENERALS MIX OF STATESIDE AND INTERNATIONAL TALENT HAS ALREADY BEGUN TO GEL ON THE FIELD.

" WE'VE ONLY BEEN ON FOR A WEEK NOW BUT EVERYONE'S GELLING TOGETHER REALLY WELL.  YOU CAN SEE SOME BROWING FRESHMAN COMING IN WITH THE SENIORS AND WE'RE WORKING REALLY HARD AND ENJOYING IT AS WELL.  WE'RE LOOKING GOOD AND QUIETLY CONFIDENT BUT WE'RE JUST LOOKING FORWARD TO STARTING THE SEASON I THINK."

AND IF THE GENERALS CAN GET THESE PLAYERS AND THEIR DIFFERENT STYLES TO WORK AS ONE ON THE FIELD, THE SCHOOL'S TENTH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MAY BE JUST AROUND THE CORNER.

" WE TAKE ALL THE DIFFERENT STYLES THAT WE HAVE, AND IT'S NOT MY SAY AND THE ONLY WAY, IT'S A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MYSELF AND THEM, BETWEEN THE COACHING STAFF AND THEM.  AND THE RELATIONSHIP IS, WE TRY TO TAKE ALL THEIR STRENGTHS FROM THEM AND BUILD IT INTO THE SYSTEM WE HAVE.  AND WE TRY TO TAKE ALL OF OUR STRENTGHS AND PUT IT TOGETHER AND IT USUALLY COMES OUT PRETTY WELL."

" IT'S DIFFERENT DEPENDING ON WHERE EVERYONE COMES FROM, CAUSE WE HAVE GUYS FROM COLOMBIA, ENGLAND, AUSTRALIA AND JUST MIXING IT TOGETHER, IT'S JUST GOOD WHAT WE HAVE HERE.  IT'S A GOOD COMBINATION. "

FOR THE GENERALS THE ROAD TO A THIRD STRAIGHT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BEGIN ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 31ST AS THEY HOST THE COUNTY COLLEGE OF MORRIS.  AND THEN THE NEXT DAY, SUNDAY, THEY TAKE ON BROOKDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE.  BROOKDALE WAS ONE OF THE TEAMS IN LAST YEAR'S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT.
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