DURHAM, N.C. – A pair of practices and some time in the Blue Devil Network studios highlighted a jam-packed day two of the 2018 preseason for the Duke women’s soccer program on Tuesday.
“I thought it was a really good first day,” head coach Robbie Church said. “Our morning session was fitness testing and we had some people do really great jobs with it. Overall, we’re a really fit team and what we were looking for in the second session was to take that fitness and put it into how we want to play.”
After meetings and physicals on Monday, the Blue Devils took to the field for the first time this preseason with fitness training. After wrapping up its morning session, DWS headed over to Blue Devil Tower for its annual video shoot, as Blue Devil Network produced content that will be featured during games at Koskinen Stadium and social media content that can be seen on the Duke women’s soccer accounts throughout the year.
Tuesday wrapped up with the first full training session of the new season on the 751 Fields. With rain coming down throughout the practice, the Blue Devil coaching staff ran the squad through a number of challenging drills while also implementing several principle plays, both offensively and defensively.
It was also day one for the Blue Devils’ six freshmen: Emily Crocco, Delaney Graham, Marykate McGuire, Mackenzie Pluck, Sydney Simmons and Holly Stam. Despite being new to campus and taking the pitch with a collegiate team for the first time, the group put together a solid showing on day one.
“This freshmen class overall did well,” Church said. “Consistency is going to be the key with them. They’re very talented players, but we have to get them used to playing in our system of play. I thought they were very open to everything we threw at them today. We just have to get them out of their old habits and into the way we want things done. They’re going to find their way. There may be some bumps in the road, but they’re a good and very coachable class and we’re excited to have them here at Duke.”
Duke returns to the pitch Wednesday morning and again in the afternoon, mimicking its first day of preseason practices. In between the two sessions, the Blue Devils will take part in their annual photo day, taking head shots along with posed action shots that will be utilized throughout the year.
Fans can follow along with Duke’s preseason adventures by following the program on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching for “DukeWSoc”. Weekly preseason reports will be published on GoDuke.com each Friday.
Duke will host a pair of exhibition contests at Koskinen Stadium during its 2018 preseason slate, facing off against Georgia (Thursday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. ET) and rival North Carolina (Sunday, Aug. 12 at 10 p.m.). The 2018 season officially opens at home against Ohio State, a 7 p.m. showdown on Thursday, Aug. 16.