MINNEAPOLIS – As of February 9 North Central University men's soccer has been under new leadership in head coach George Carr. Since Carr's new promotion, the program has seen reached new heights, even higher than those reached in the 2016 fall season. Following a few practices each week the team scrimmaged one of the local professional teams, FC Minneapolis, in Elliot Park. The Rams ultimately fell to FC Minneapolis, 5-1, but according to Carr the scrimmage further motivated the team to build off the success from 2016.
"We did lose the game 5-1, but it was a great experience for the guys to play against some of the best talent around," Carr said. "The goal of our spring season was to improve each individual player and help set us up for the summer months."
The spring season serves as a transition period from the fall into the summer months before the next season. During this time the seniors play in their last days of practice and competition while the team gains members who opted not to play in their first or second year of college.
"I was really pleased with the effort the men put forth this spring season," Carr said. "We had a handful of new players who have been on campus, but did not play this fall who will be coming out for the fall participate in spring training."
The excitement surrounding the men's soccer program is at an all-time high as the team finished the 2016 season with the best record in program history at 15-7-1. In addition, the team competed in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Tournament where the Rams finished in second place.
"I can't wait to see our new recruits get plugged in to learn our system," Carr said. "I think we are in for a good year."
North Central men's soccer will open the 2017 season on Saturday August 26 in the annual alumni scrimmage. The regular season will kick-off on Friday September 1 at 4 p.m. against Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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