The men’s soccer team at Walla Walla University is full of optimism for the season and with good reason. After several strong scrimmage games, they are looking forward to their first conference game on Friday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. against Corban University. The Wolves will be playing on their home turf and are ready to bring the competition.
“We have a really good roster and a lot of talent this year,” said head soccer coach William Burns. But the real point of pride for the team? Damien Dennis, senior and soccer co-captain, says, “We have a better team cohesiveness this year and much more focus on moving forward as a unit instead of a group of individuals.” This cohesion makes facing challenges on the field easier and brings energy as the team sharpens their skills.
Coach Burns agrees the team is characterized by their cohesive and competitive play. Much of this has been built through a focus on transparent communication. “We’ve worked a lot on player development and understanding each player's role on the team,” said Burns. Burns believes this clear communication of information empowers the athletes.
“I also believe in player input,” added Burns. “We are literally not the people out there on the field. They have the in-game perspective and we on the sideline need to listen to that.”
With a team of talented players, working together and communicating effectively, the team has a bright outlook. Burns says his goal is to bring the team to the top 8 in conference rankings.
Fans are invited to the games to cheer on the Wolves and a full schedule of games can be found at uwolves.com.
The athletics program at Walla Walla University provides the opportunity for student athletes to develop and exercise their athletic abilities, learn leadership skills, build lasting relationships, and grow spiritually. Maintaining a mission-centered approach, the WWU athletics program promotes a healthy, balanced life—body, mind, and soul—for their athletes through sport. Athletic opportunities include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s soccer, and women’s volleyball. Learn more at uwolves.com.
Posted Sept. 17, 2021.