CUA anxious to get new season started

CUA anxious to get new season started

WASHINGTON – With the season opener fast approaching, the CUA women's soccer team has been on the practice field hard at work in preparation for the 2011 campaign.  The Cardinals return every player but two off of last year's roster, and also add nine newcomers.

Head Coach J.P. Sousa, now in his eighth season, has been pleased in the early going with what he's seen from the Cardinals.  "We were really pleased with the fitness level the girls came in with the first day, which is important.  They came in with a great attitude, they want to learn and they've dedicated themselves to getting better each time out."

After struggling at times last season, Sousa and CUA are anxious for a new season to begin. "We put it on the team and asked, What is it that you want to accomplish that is different than the previous year and what do you have to do before preseason starts, because we only have so many practices before the first game."

Caitlin Brett and Katie Donatelli return after earning All-Conference honors in 2010, and that duo will be joined by a strong contingent of veterans for the Cardinals.  In addition, Sousa added a talented group of newcomers, who are slowly adjusting to the college game. 

"I think they've realized real fast that it's a little more physical and a lot quicker," Sousa said in reference to the newcomers.  "But it's been good; they've come in with a good attitude about it and they're excited."

CUA begins its 2011 season with a pair of road games, beginning on Thursday, September 1 when the Cardinals travel across town to face Gallaudet.  Start time is slated for 7:30 p.m.

"As a coaching staff, we've looked at this season as a completely clean slate.  We want to build it up from nothing, and put the pieces in place to ultimately have the team we're hoping to have this upcoming fall."

See what else Sousa had to say regarding his team below.