The Bradley soccer team is back on the pitch.
Players worked on their passing skills in front of the cameras as part of media day on Thursday.
Returning captain Alex Ciaramitaro kicked the ball back-and-forth with teammates, before stepping aside to answer questions.
He says he feels confident about this year’s roster.
“We have something to prove,” Ciaramitaro said. “We feel really confident.”
After a promising start, the Braves struggled last year going 2-15-3 and 0-7-1 in conference. But behind a strong defense, they kept matches close with multiple, one-goal loses down the stretch.
“We were young last year. We took it off the chin a bit. One thing we have to do is address the attacking side of the ball,” head coach Jim DeRose said.
DeRose says multiple transfers will help the team offensively including forward Roman Schindler from Indiana Tech.
“Roman is a talented young man we saw early in the recruiting process in Europe,” DeRose said.
Schindler was the second leading goal scorer in his NAIA conference last year.
“The guys are nice to me and in the first week, everyone is just trying to help each other,” Schindler said, describing the team.
Despite underperforming in 2016, DeRose says the team has a positive attitude heading into next season.
“I think sometimes a team can check out after a bad season and finger point,” DeRose said. “I am just blessed that I have really good young men.”
Bradley opens the season at home against Northwestern on Tuesday as part of the Danny Dahlquist Memorial Game.