POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Monday was a day of excitement for the Pearl River women's soccer program. The Wildcats held their first fall practice and while some first year coaches are worried about installing their system, new coach Henrik Madsen is more focused on fundamentally preparing his team for the season.
"This is really exciting," Madsen said. "It's always fun to come into a new environment and a new challenge. The girls have been great. We checked them in yesterday and already they've been working really hard."
With the regular season only weeks away, Madsen's early goal in camp is to teach his team to play as one unit.
"Our early goals are to establish a level of fitness and then obviously build a team bond within the group to really get them tight so that they'll trust each other when it comes down to game time," Madsen said. "There's not really any going slow to this. We've got about two weeks until the games start so we're going to jump into the deep end of the pool and just roll with it."
Madsen isn't the only Wildcat excited about the beginning of fall camp.
Sophomores Maddie Beets (Long Beach) and Peyton Rounsaville (Leakesville; Greene County) both believe PRCC has the talent and it's only a matter of the team getting the basics down.
"I think we all knew from the end of last year that we were going to have a good group of girls coming in so I think we were all just excited to get here and start working together," said Beets, who redshirted last year due to a knee injury. "We're still learning some new things that are different from last year but we're excited for something new and getting used to him (Madsen) as a coach."
An emphasis for the team already is getting the Wildcats to bond while utilizing the returning talent to lead the way.
"I know last year that we struggled a little bit with team bonding so that's something we're really working on by staying here on the weekends and things like that," Rounsaville said. "We started slow last year having so many freshman so I think the sophomores really have stepped up this year in that leadership position so that we can guide the team to have the outcome that we want."
Before the season starts the women's soccer team will be recognized Aug. 22 as part of the annual Meet The Wildcats festivities at Dobie Holden Stadium.
PRCC will open the season with an exhibition match at Mississippi College on Aug. 25 before beginning conference play the next day at Hinds. The Wildcats then take on LSU-Eunice on the road on Aug. 28 before hosting Meridian on Aug. 30 in their home opener.
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Aug. 5, 2019 Women's Soccer practice