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Tulsa Men's Soccer Completes First Day of Training Camp

Junior Matt Thomas was one of 17 returners and 30 total players to report for training camp on Monday.
Junior Matt Thomas was one of 17 returners and 30 total players to report for training camp on Monday.
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Aug. 15, 2005

Tulsa, Oklahoma - The 15th-ranked Tulsa men's soccer team reported to the TU campus on Monday and began preparations for the 2005 preseason with the first of five straight two-a-day practices.

A total of 30 players, including 17 letterwinners and 13 newcomers, reported for practice and spent the morning session undergoing fitness training. During the afternoon practice, the Hurricane worked on speed and tempo. TU's afternoon practice was moved onto the Skelly Stadium turf due to inclement weather in the Tulsa area.

"Everybody is here and the fitness testing went great for the most part," Tulsa head coach Tom McIntosh said. "I believe this is the most fit our returners have ever reported. They seemed focused, driven and I think they know already know everything they want to achieve this season. The freshmen class needed to come in for practice in better shape, but overall I'm pleased with the first day."

McIntosh will continue to evaluate his team for the next two days before trimming the roster down to 27 players on Wednesday.

"The first practice gives our staff a chance to see the newcomers and sharpen up the returners. We will continue to evaluate the team on Tuesday and make a few cuts on Wednesday to finalize the roster. I thought Eric Burkholder, Daniel Wasson, Dominic Cervi, Stephen Brewster, Matt Wiley, LeRoux Lothian and Chris Clements each looked sharp during the afternoon practice," McIntosh said.

The Hurricane will begin practice at 9:00 a.m. for the remainder of the week and will have a second practice in the afternoons. TU will conclude its preseason this Saturday with a scrimmage at the Hurricane Soccer & Track Stadium against John Brown University at 7:00 p.m.