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NEWS | June 19, 2014

Warhawk soccer coach seeking players for Defender Cup tourney

By Jose T. Garza III JBSA-Lackland Public Affairs

After two consecutive first round exits from the Defender Cup tournament, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Warhawks Varsity Soccer Coach Nana Saahene is looking to retool the team in hopes of reversing its fortunes this year.

The rebuilding process begins with tryouts June 24 at 5 p.m. at the Warhawk Football Field located by the Warhawk Fitness Center here and will be conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays for about a month. Saahene will then select 30 players and later trim the roster to 25.

He currently coaches the Warhawks in the San Antonio Soccer Association. However, the coach will evaluate current players and walk-ons during the tryouts.

The Defender Cup takes place Aug. 29-Sept. 1 at the STAR Soccer Complex in San Antonio.

"Teamwork and team chemistry killed us the past two years," Saahene remembered. "I am looking to add more people to the team we have right now. We have a good team, but there might be people who just recently moved to JBSA-Lackland whom can contribute to the team."

The coach suggested players watch the FIFA World Cup, currently taking place in Brazil until July 13, to learn how to improve their teamwork and individual skills in hopes of landing a spot on the team.

"If they are not watching the World Cup then they are not ready to contribute to this team," Saahene said. "They should watch the games so they can try to add to their skill level."

For more information about the tryouts, call Saahene at 671-9873.