Strong spring for TU?soccer

Tiffin men’s soccer coach Rudy Brownell said he wants his team to treat the spring schedule like it’s the fall.

As in, as important.

So the fact that the Dragons had an undefeated spring set has the coach upbeat.

“The spring season so far is one of the best we’ve had here in a long time,” Brownell said.

Tiffin ran off victories against Ohio Northern, Cedarville, Findlay, and two club teams from the Toledo area.

But the biggest win came in Columbus, when Tiffin topped Ohio State, 1-0.

“It was pretty exciting, to know when you’re playing against a Division I university, who has over 50,000 people, and (they) play us, here at Tiffin, a private school about 6,000 people,” Brownell said. “Going down and beating them, it’s a great thing. (My players) worked very hard, and they played very well, deserved to win.”

Brownell said adding importance to the spring season can pay dividends next fall.

“It is very important to us, because we try to have a spring season like a regular season,” he said. “We try to set the tone now, so that when we come in August, those kids are ready to go, and our upperclassmen are ready to go.”

The Dragons are coming off a tough 2012 season, one in which they went 5-9-2. Brownell said injuries played a major role, but there were certain things the team needed to improve.

“We needed to work on our work ethic, I think the guys got a lot better than that. It’s all mental, we’ve got to get a little tougher,” he said. “I feel like next year, if everything works itself out, the guys go home for the summer, they do some work over the summer, I think we should have a good season.”