After a bittersweet ending to the outdoor season, Humber Men’s Soccer coach Michael Aquino entered the tryouts for the indoor team with a sense of forward thinking.
“It’s great. It’s always good to start back up,” said Aquino, who coached the outdoor team to a streak of 40 plus wins before losing to the Durham Lords at provincials last October “we were hoping to get back to nationals, but it didn’t happen. It was good to see some of the returning guys and a lot of new guys.”
About 60 plus hopefuls joined the indoor returnees at a pair of tryouts, held on heated fields at the Ontario Soccer Centre.
Assistant coach Alex Sapatini put the hopefuls through a variety of drills, and he hopes that the chemistry is what brings them possible success in the indoor game.
“It’s more of a sense of keeping the guys together,” said Sapatini, who acknowledged it has been over 2 and a half months since the last training session “but ultimately we’re gearing toward a provincial championship. But it’s about keeping them maintained and ready.”
“I was expecting a good result and to come out and have fun,” said Corey Johnson, who didn’t make the cut. “The pace and stamina were huge. I have been playing four or five years. Everybody on this team is a leader, so maybe being a leader will help next time.”
Right back Cory Greene said the biggest adjustment to getting into the indoor game is definitely the speed.
“Getting adjusted to the pace. Coming in and coming back off in intervals. That’s the hardest thing.” he said.
Greene, who played on the team that lost on penalties to provincial finalist Durham gives the Hawks some added motivation as the indoor team kicks off.
“We were disappointed. We want to come out and show them who Humber is. Having success indoors, we feel we can make a big statement.”
The indoor season kicks off with a scrimmage next Wednesday, January 25th, at the Redeemer College versus the Royals.