After being limited to just one practice session on Thursday because of stormy conditions, the Wisconsin men's soccer team returned to the field for the first of two scheduled practices Friday morning.
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The Badgers worked for around two hours in cool, rainy conditions at the University Bay fields located near UW Hospitals and Clinics on the northwest side of campus. The location was the third training site in four days for the Badgers, who also have used the North Field adjacent to Camp Randall Stadium and worked indoors at the McClain Center.
After warming up, the team team broke into groups and went to work. The goalkeepers practiced with volunteer assistant coach Chris Munroe, while the field players cycled between work on headers with assistant coach Keith Tiemeyer and an 8v4 drill in which the defense was put on the clock and tasked with breaking up the offense's ball control.
Think of it as an 8-on-4 version of "keep-away."
The squad then divided into four teams and split between two sets of goals for a fast-paced 1v1 attacking drill. The highlight certainly was assistant coach Ernie Yarborough stepping in as one of the four goalkeepers for the drill and laying out for several saves.
The team will practice again Friday afternoon in preparation for Monday's exhibition opener against UW-Parkside, which battled Northwestern to a 2-2 tie on Thursday. Head coach Todd Yeagley promised the team would hold their first scrimmage of the season during the afternoon session.