University of Tampa Men’s Soccer team holds Tryouts Feb. 5th

By: Abigail A. Chambers

The University of Tampa men’s soccer team has announced that they are holding tryouts on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 5:30 p.m.. Tryouts are for Spring semester full-time students only and will take place at Pepin Stadium. 

This will be the only opportunity to try out for the men’s soccer team in 2022. The NCAA mandates that there is to be only one tryout per academic year. 

The tryout will be focused on seeing players in different roles as well as evaluating the current roster. Students who attend the tryout will be asked to demonstrate both physical and technical abilities, as players are held to a certain standard in this competitive environment. 

“We feel having the tryouts in the spring gives current UT students a better opportunity to get on the team. Our spring schedule has more flexibility and players that complete eligibility are not with us for games,” said Adrian Bush, head coach. 

UT’s men’s soccer team ended their 2021 season on a positive note. The team was named number 21 in the United Soccer Coaches postseason rankings for NCAA Division II men’s soccer. 

Under the guidance of Coach Bush, the team has made various accomplishments over the past few seasons. 

“We have incredible student athletes which for me is what this is all about. Their commitment on and off the field is fantastic,” said Bush. “Last year we were the number one  mens sport in terms of GPA for the Fall and Spring. This past fall we were number two with a 3.4 overall team GPA.  To do that with 38 players speaks volumes about what type of people we have in the program. That’s something that I’m very proud of as a coach and alumni.

Tim Krafft, a junior from Germany, has been a part of the team since 2019. 

“It is amazing to see how we grew as a team which then resulted in a great season last semester with a lot of personal recognition and the conference championship title,” said Krafft. “We have players from all over the world which makes it super interesting but also challenging once in a while. But overall, we get along really well and have a really strong unit.

Tim is looking forward to seeing students attend the upcoming spring tryouts. 

“If someone shows he can compete and improve our overall level, I would be excited to welcome him in our team,” said Krafft. .

Omar Thali is a sophomore on the team who came to UT from Switzerland. 

“I am taking a semester off this spring but I am looking forward to seeing some new quality players when I come back in the fall, so we can repeat the success and add some more on top of it,” said Thali. 

Students wishing to tryout must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours and are required to bring a copy of a completed physical taken within the last six months.

Tryout paperwork is also required to be filled out and turned into Marc Cianci, assistant director of compliance, by Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.. Necessary materials can be found on the UT athletics website. 

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