Q & A with Coach Calabrese

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 18, 2012) – For the second time this season, ETSU men’s soccer head coach Scott Calabrese has sat down with the media relations staff to answer some questions and update the fans and media on the status of the team.

Below are Coach Calabrese’s responses to this week’s edition, along with an injury update from the training room.

Coach, the team is in the midst of four consecutive road games against some pretty tough opponents. How does that affect the team's mentality, if at all, going on long road swings?

“It is clearly more difficult to win on the road, but to achieve our goals as a team we must learn to secure results away from home as well. Limiting mistakes and playing with a high level of concentration is critical to this.”

Looking back at them, what are your thoughts on both the Radford and Davidson games?

“The Radford game was a difficult test for our players. Radford was well organized and sat deep making them very difficult to break down. We forgot our structure and took up some very poor positions in the midfield. Unfortunately, this led to a counter attack, we conceded a goal and then had to fight our way back into the match. In the second half, we had the right attitude and showed we wanted the result. This was great to see but the lesson is simple for the team; if we maintain our discipline and our team structure, we will be less vulnerable.

“Davidson was a different game. We scored early and were in control, but, unfortunately, we didn't finish the job. We must learn to push on after scoring and deliver the knockout blow; we must look for another goal and kill the game. We lost concentration and made several mistakes. In the end, there is an important lesson for the players. A game can change in an instant. One momentary lapse in concentration and the game is done and you are on the wrong end of the result. Until the final whistle blows, you can take nothing for granted.”

How much would it mean to bounce back from Davidson with good resutls against both Kentucky and Winthrop?

“It's important that our players are unhappy with our last result and respond with the right mentality and performance against Kentucky. True champions are never satisfied with a poor result and always want to make amends in the next match.”

Talk about Kentucky and Winthrop a little. What are some challenges each team brings to the table?

“These are two very good teams, but the focus for us is always on us. We must play according to our structure and with the right mentality. We must play as a team and continue to look to improve.”

From the Training Room

 - Matt Reed (ankle): Not expected to play against Kentucky. Status is day-to-day.

 - Blaike Woodruff (knee): Expected to play against Kentucky.

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