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Fastbreak: Men's soccer, Webb earn record shutout

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Georgia Southern men’s soccer team posted its sixth shutout, Tuesday afternoon, defeating Southern Conference contender Wofford, 2-0.  The victory marked both the fifth team shutout versus a SoCon opponent this season and senior Adam Webb’s record 12th-career blanking.
    The Eagles improve to 7-3-3 overall, 3-1-2 in SoCon play. The Terriers fall to 2-11-1 overall, 0-5 in conference competition.
    “(Assistant coach) Pat (Parris) and I are really proud of Adam for getting the shutout,” said head coach Kevin Kennedy.  “That’s a great achievement to get in your career.  And Wofford didn’t’ make it easy on him.”
    The senior keeper from Melbourne, Fla. surpassed former player and coach Kevin Chambers’ record of 11 shutouts set in 1991.  Webb made six saves on the afternoon, three per half.
    Teammates Brad Mitchum and Kim Kroken combined to lead the Eagles’ defensive efforts against Wofford’s 11 total shots.
    “I didn’t do it alone,” said Webb of his team’s defensive efforts throughout the season.  “I had 10 other people working really hard.  I have to give credit to them, because if it wasn’t for them, we never would have had any shutouts.”
    Offensively, the Eagles struck first, putting a tally on the scoreboard in the fifth minute.  Senior Jason Tindall notched his second goal on the season, putting the game winner in the back of the net.
    “It was a nice goal, the ball got played wide to Jon Cox, and Cox ran on to it,” explained Kennedy.  “Then he put it across the box about 15 yards out.  Tindall finished it, one-touch to the right corner.”
    The Eagles carried the lead into the second half, then added a second goal in the 58th minute off the foot of Ben Reine, his first of the season.  The sophomore midfielder from Baton Rouge, La. found himself open 40 yards out and unleashed a bullet that made it into the upper left shelf.
    Georgia Southern led the shooting margin 23-11.  Terriers keeper Russ Sandifer made nine saves on the day.
    The Eagles will rest one week before they travel to North Florida for a non-conference clash on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

 Claxton advances
    Claxton's softball team secured a berth in the sectional portion of the state playoffs with a 4-3 win over Jenkins County in Game 2 of the regional tournament Tuesday. 
    Earlier in the day, Claxton fell to Bryan County 8-3.
    The Tigers will have a rematch with Bryan County today at 2 p.m. in Region 3-A tournament action held at the Paulson Complex in Savannah.

Lady Eagles host softball tourney
    Georgia Southern’s softball team will host the 2006 GSU Fall Tournament on Sunday, welcoming four area teams for a round-robin affair at Eagle Field.
    The teams participating include Coastal Georgia Community College, Savannah College of Art and Design, Armstrong Atlantic State and Middle Georgia College.
    The Eagles are coming off a 35-35 season which saw them win six straight in the Southern Conference Tournament to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
    GSU returns five field starters and its entire pitching staff for the upcoming 2007 season.

Georgia’s Humphrey suspended for six games
    ATHENS — Georgia women’s basketball star Tasha Humphrey will be suspended for the first six games after being charged with underage possession of alcohol.
    Humphrey, who averaged 20.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game last season, will miss key games against national powers Stanford and Rutgers during her suspension. She’ll be eligible to return for a Dec. 3 contest at Georgia Tech.
    Coach Andy Landers said Tuesday that university policy required him to suspend Humphrey for three games — 10 percent of the team’s schedule. He decided to double the penalty to underscore the severity of her actions at a time when there is school crackdown on alcohol abuse.

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