Aug. 14, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama soccer team returned to campus on Thursday afternoon after completing a four-day preseason training camp at Orange Beach, Ala.
The Crimson Tide departed on Sunday afternoon for Orange Beach, site of the 2014 Southeastern Conference Tournament, which will be held Nov. 3-9.
UA head coach Todd Bramble felt the trip will only benefit the team in the long run.
"This is an important trip for us in the preseason, because the conference championships are held at Orange Beach at the end of the season," Bramble said. "I thought it would be a way to set the tone for our expectations for the season.
"(We wanted) to get them there to train on that field that we plan on returning to in November. I think that was a core piece of laying out our vision for what our expectations are. I think that was the driving force for the trip in the first place."
During the four-day trip, the team participated in team-building activities, had several practices and even held an intrasquad scrimmage in front of Alabama alumni and fans.
"We have left here with a good feeling about this trip. We wanted to get some quality soccer training. We had a really good session. We had a really good intrasquad scrimmage and we had team building activities, which we thought were really important.
"We were appreciative of the fans and the Baldwin County Alumni Group who came out and watched our team play in Orange Beach."
With the team returning to campus, the Tide now turns its focus towards the lone scrimmage of the year, which will take place on Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT vs. Mississippi State.
"For this type of preseason game, the focus isn't about trying to get a result," Bramble said. "We're still in a phase of our season where we have to get work done. We aren't going to rest players this week like we would for a regular season game. We are going to make sure that we try to get everyone into the game. We have to find out who looks the strongest in a game compared to training. Our approach to this game is a lot more focused on preparation for the regular season.
"Everyone feels good about the squad that we have assembled from top to bottom. Everybody will be able to contribute in one way or another."
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