Cavalier Corner

October 2014

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You might not think that a team returning a bevy of starters from last year's squad that made it all the way to the College Cup (the national semifinals of the NCAA Tournament) would need to push themselves harder. But the 2014 version of the UVa men's soccer team, which was No. 2 in the preseason rankings, is doing just that in the form of The Cooper Test. "I look around the locker room and see everyone's head sink down," fourth-year Eric Bird said. "Everyone gets quiet and nervous, and they start thinking about it." The Cooper Test uses different forms of drills to measure a player's stamina and fitness, and it is employed by many soccer programs around the country. Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch has used The Cooper Test in the past and has now made it a team tradition over the past 10 years or so while the Cavaliers prepare for each season. "I would prefer that guys could run it by themselves, CAVALIERSPORTS behind the scenes THE COOPER TEST Men's soccer head coach George Gelnovatch has utilized The Cooper Test — which uses different forms of drills to measure a player's stamina and fitness — to prepare his teams for more than a decade now. PHOTO BY JIM DAVES/COURTESY UVA

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