Warmer weather brings soccer back to QU

With soccer being canceled last year due to Covid, the QU men’s soccer team is excited to get things back rolling. The pandemic has caused them to miss a full season for the first time in school history.

Kamou Harris is a redshirt freshmen returning for his second year as a forward on the team. They considered him to have a huge impact for this upcoming season. Everyone hopes he can be able to handle the pressure. He is an alumni from Vianney High School which has always had a solid soccer foundation.

“Harris brings so much to our team with just his happy go lucky attitude everyday. That’s where everything starts at. That is one of the keys to being a great player and a great teammate. Also his amazing skill and fill for the game of soccer is amazing. He has a natural fill for the game,” Bobby Nikolopoulos, soccer player, said.

The last time the Hawks suited up they finished the season 9-8. The GLVC conference is very tough and a hard conference to play in. In recent years UIndy, Maryville and McKendree dominated the field.

For this upcoming season the team has a chance to be really good. A bunch of returners and role players that could make a huge impact. The off-season work will come to show in these next few weeks of play.

One of the biggest problems for this season has been the hardship of dealing with COVID-19. Almost the whole team has had COVID-19, some players have even had it twice.

The major responsibility for this year and the season, is protecting one another. The key is to obey all protocols and make sure everyone is being held accountable. If these things are expressed the season should go just as planned.

“This summer I have been very creative in my training. I have added kickboxing to my week to help with hand and eye coordination. It was highly recommended for goalies to also increase hand speed. For me it has helped dramatically with my growth this off-season. I hope to go out and block more balls and be a force on the defensive end,” Christos Kalaitzis said.

The Hawks have been picked 10th for preseason poll.

Practice has started this week with the weather in the mid 40s and 50s.

For the team this year they will compete in 14 conference games in the GLVC.

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