Soccer team opens regular season Thursday

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Coming off one of the most successful preseasons in team history, the BYU men’s soccer will open the regular season against the Los Angeles Misioneros at South Field, Thursday at 8 p.m.

“This game will have a huge impact on our entire season,” said Head Coach Chris Watkins. “Months of work all come down to Thursday night. We are anxious to see how our players respond.”

The Cougars beat the Misioneros both times the two teams faced off last season. However, the LA soccer club defeated the reigning division champs, Ventura County Fusion, last week and will be a formidable challenge for the Provo squad. The Misioneros are currently seeded fifth in the southwest division of the PDL.

“The season opener, on our home field, is going to set the tone for the rest of the season,” defender James Bindrup said. “You really can predict a lot from just the first 15 minutes of a game. And there is no doubt that we are going to come out hard those first 15 minutes of the game … I am certain that every player is going to step out on the field with confidence and heart Thursday night.”

Following Thursday’s game, the Cougars will have only one day off before hosting the Fresno Fuego Saturday night on South Field.

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