|Joey Piatczyc Preseason Blog
|Freshman Joey Piatczyc will provide his insight on the first week of the WVU men's soccer preseason camp. Piatczyc joins the Mountaineers after being honored as the Sporting Kansas City's Male Youth Player of the Year.
Piatczyc appeared in 24 games for the Sporting Kansas City Academy U18’s during the 2013-14 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season.
A native of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Piatczyc has twice played in MLS Reserve League games for Sporting KC during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Piatczyc comes to West Virginia as a highly touted recruit, ranking No. 80 on the TopDrawerSoccer IMG Academy Top 150 and No. 109 player in the Class of 2014 by CollegeSoccerNews.
Wednesday, August 13
If you came into the locker room you may have thought we were still asleep for breakfast this morning. Guys were sore and tired but nothing we haven't been through. Today was a big and exciting day for us. Tomorrow we have the Gold vs. Blue game at the stadium, and everyone is wanting to show what they have.
Today we did 21 1-v-1 games that lasted a minute long each, so that we were able to play everybody on the team. This was a very tiring sequence of matches that tested physical and mental strength along with skill and strategies. After this we went to a little bit of offense versus defense. This consisted of finishing drills going 3-v-1 and 3-v-2, plus a keeper. After training we immediately ran up to the weight room to put in a little more work. After weights we had lunch and then the fun part of the day.
The coaches took us all out to an outdoor paintballing facility where we broke off to two teams. The seniors and freshman collided together with director of operations, Tony Higgins along with assistant trainer Mike Burton. This team was defeated by the absolutely crazed and insane sophomores and juniors. It was an absolute blast and great team building activity. We hurried back to Morgantown to finish the day with dinner at Taziki's!
"The day started off bright and early with a delectable peanut butter and banana smoothie for breakfast in the locker room. Then it was off to the the training ground for a massive 1-v-1 tournament. Twenty-one 60 second games were played by each player. The heavy legs were evident so it was a mental battle by the end. I allowed the least amount of goals but Francio Henry came out on top with some questionable tactics. After training we went to the weight room for some technique work with the grizzly bear himself, Tanner Kolb. Next on the agenda was paintball so we hopped on the bus and headed to Ohiopyle, Pa., for some team building. Team 1 consisted of the seniors and the rookies and team 2 was the good guys. You can probably guess who came out with the W. The team is coming together and the chemistry is building as we go into the Gold and Blue game tomorrow." - Haydon Bennett
Wednesday, August 13
Earlier this week, new Mountaineer Michael Garcia joined the WVU men’s soccer team for a day of training. Garcia, who played soccer at Fairmont Senior high school, warmed up with the team at their Monday morning training session before participating in the beep test, a 20-meter shuttle run test that measures aerobic fitness.
Tuesday, August 12
Day two and the whole squad is still buzzing about, as always everyone is anxious to get going. The morning started off early at 6 a.m. with most of the team who was not here for the summer sessions in the Coliseum for the treadmill test. Even the guys who did not have to be up to test showed up at some point during the testing to cheer on the guys.
After everybody had completed the test we headed back to the locker room to grab a little team breakfast before training. As 9 a.m. rolled around we all headed out to the field to start the first session of the day. The session started with the arrowhead sprint testing, which was followed by a variety of drills.
The forwards and keepers went in one group with coach Scott Bowers to work on some finishing, the defenders joined coach Mike Lapper to work on building quickly and efficiently out of the back, and the midfielders joined coach Marlon LeBlanc to continue to work on our technical ability. We worked in groups of threes, passing up and back, across, back down, across again, and finishing into a small goal.
After the groups had finished their drills, we all came together to work on functional and tactical things, moving as a unit and making sure we all know what our style of play consists of.
After training we headed to the cold whirlpools and showers which was followed by lunch. Most of the team stayed around and played FIFA in the locker room and others headed down to the training room to catch a quick nap. After our meeting, it was time to hit the field again. More of a physical than technical practice, we worked on transition and working out of tight spaces quickly, but not forcing anything. The day ended with an 11-v-11 scrimmage which may or may not have ended with the good guys on top 2-0.
"Today was a good day. We started the day with the treadmill test, which proved to be a challenge for some and a piece of cake for others but it truly gave us an idea of our fitness level going into our second day of preseason. Following the fitness testing we had our first training session of the day where we split up into forwards, midfielders and defenders and worked on our technical aspects of the game along with tactical patterns to goal. Following the first session we ate Panera for lunch and had a couple hours off before we had a team meeting about team tactics and philosophy, immediately after our meeting we went straight into our second session of the day where we worked on transitioning and finished the session with 30 minutes of 11-v-11. After the last session we ate dinner in the locker room along with some FIFA, where Francio Henry and I dominated the sticks haha. The team is looking solid and fit and I'm looking forward to a great season. The freshmen are meshing well with the rest of the guys on and off the field considering the amount of time we have spent together. This is going to be a great season for us.. And I'm extremely excited to see how we do this Sunday at Ohio State." - Jack Driscoll
Monday, August 11
With today being the first day of preseason, the energy was flying just as expected. We started out with fitness testing and then jumped into small-sided games. During the first part of our day, we were lucky enough to have the Mountaineer come out and test and play along side of us.
After the first session came to an end we immediately turned around and got into the weight room to do more physical testing before getting in the ice baths. After a long first start of the day we had a couple of hours to recover before getting ready for the second session of the day.
The energy kept up as we returned and we jumped right back into training which included a couple drills before playing a little 9-v-9 to end the day. After that it was back to our favorite place, the ice tubs before we went out for a nice team dinner at the Boston Beanery.
All in all it was a good first day with the boys and we couldn't be more excited to continue what we have going.
"Well... It was fast a fast-paced razzle dazzle type first day. We really came flying out of the gates and even seemed as if some had targets on their back. Great showing from the new freshman number 15 Joey P. He was a real stand out scoring a superlative bicycle kick. Even though nobody was a witness he claims it went in." - Mike Desiderio