Mark Chiarelli wrote a season preview piece on the men's soccer team for the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
Change is in the air for the University of Massachusetts men's soccer program.
The team hasn't won more than five games in each of the last three seasons, prompting coach Sam Koch to overhaul his roster by bringing in 13 true freshmen. While the production may take some time -- the team has only two goals in five games (0-4-1) -- Koch is generally pleased with the direction of the team.
"Is (the offense) a concern? It's a concern. Is it a major concern? Not right now," Koch said. "The whole emphasis right now is defending well and I think we showed this (past) weekend we can do that and now we can move on to working on the offense."
Heading into the season, Koch knew the youth on the team would need time to jell. He also knew it was a necessary change to reverse the program's fortune.
"We had two years where we didn't do very well, three years where we had players who weren't as invested in trying to make us a better team," Koch said. "In all honesty, their passion wasn't there and they really didn't want to play that much.
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