WASHINGTON, D.C. - After finishing last season unbeaten in four of its final five games and advancing to the semifinals of the 2017 Landmark Conference Men's Soccer Championship, the Catholic men's soccer team officially began its 2018 season on Saturday with its first practice.
"There is obviously a lot of energy and the guys are excited to finally get going," said head coach Travis Beauchamp. "The more experienced players have done well to make it a comfortable environment."
This year's team reported to campus on Friday for head shots and a team meeting before taking the field on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Beginning his 12th season and looking to get back to the Landmark Conference title game and NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship for the first time since 2016 when the Cardinals advanced to the second round, Beauchamp is wasting no time getting his team ready as it will practice at Hampden-Sydney on Monday before scrimmaging at Lynchburg on Tuesday.
"We purposely scheduled two very difficult scrimmages to prepare for the season" said Beauchap. "Although we have a long way to go, we are making good strides."
Catholic opens the season at home on Friday, August 31 against Ursinus in the Turk Emekli Classic at 7 p.m.
The Cardinals finished 7-7-5 a year ago, including 4-2-1 in the Landmark. The team returns four All-Landmark Conference selections, including first team honoree, junior Mike Narzikul. Senior Brian Galfond, junior Ryan Kennedy and sophomore Nelson Zimmerman were all named to the second team.