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Georgia Southern men's soccer begins training for 2012 campaign

Georgia Southern Men’s Soccer began training for the 2012 campaign with a pair of sessions at Eagle Field on Wednesday. The first outing was for fitness testing with the team coming back out in the afternoon for the first official training session of the season.

“The competitive spirit was outstanding today,” said head coach Kevin Kennedy. “Technically speaking some of the guys were a little rusty, which we expected on the first day. The work rate was great and we touched a little bit on some tactical things, but it was mostly working on technical points trying to get sharp again. All in all, not a bad day.”

The Eagles are coming off a strong 2011 year that saw the Eagles go 4-3 in conference play, topping the league standings for much of the campaign. GSU will look to replace Luigi Clendening’s haul of 13 goals from last year and Ryan Platt’s 1.71 goals against average in net.

GSU returns four of its top-five goal scorers from a year ago including Witt Carlisle (six goals) and team captain Hunter Norton (four goals). As a unit, the Eagles return nine players who started more than 10 games last year.

Fans will have two opportunities to see the Eagles in action before the regular season begins. GSU hosts Georgia Military College on Friday, August 17th and Lander on Monday, August 20th. Both exhibition matches start at 4 p.m. on Eagle Field.

Georgia Southern opens the 2012 regular season on Sunday, Aug. 26, at UAB starting at 2 p.m.