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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

College Update: Georgia Women's Season Opener against Ole Miss

Georgia soccer gearing up for season opener at Ole Miss

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  • Georgia forward Madeline Barker (6) runs past Texas A&M defender Leigh Edwards (13) during an NCAA soccer game in Athens, Ga., on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. Along with Marion Crowder and Torri Allen, she was placed on College Sports Madness' All-SEC Second Team.  (Photo/ Taylor Craig Sutton, SEC Preseason watch list

The Georgia women’s soccer team will begin its season at Ole Miss, and the Bulldogs are carrying a high degree of confidence into the season despite missing two important starters.
Senior midfielder Laura Eddy and sophomore forward Marion Crowder are both awaiting clearance to return to full action after suffering anterior cruciate ligament injuries last season.

“We’re looking at about a two-to four-week timeline right now before I’m fully cleared, but I’m getting back into practice and non-contact playing, and I feel really great so I should be ready to go,” Eddy said.
Crowder, who is coming off an impressive freshman season, will have to wait about the same amount of time before being cleared for full participation as well.
Georgia head coach Steve Holeman said his team’s youth could actually be beneficial in this situation because most of the players have not competed with Eddy and Crowder on the field.
“The thing about it is, a lot of our players have never played with Marion Crowder or Laura Eddy because they’re new, so they don’t probably realize what they’re missing,” Holeman said. “They know the value, they’re aware of what they had done in the past, but, right now, what they know is the players they’ve played with and against every day in training. As these two start to come back into the fold, they’re certainly going to make a difference.”
Another reason for Georgia to be confident even without Eddy and Crowder is the debut of freshman midfielder Becca Rasmussen.
Rasmussen was the only freshman Georgia player named to the Southeastern Conference Preseason Watch List, and she was a highly-touted high school player in Colorado.
According to her teammates, Rasmussen is as good as advertised.
“She’s just one of the most dynamic attackers I’ve ever watched,” Eddy said. “She has really great vision and she’s always moving off the ball. She’s like the energizer bunny, but she’s a smart and just really crafty player, and she has all the tools and talent she needs to succeed.”
Rasmussen will have the spotlight on her early with Friday’s game being televised nationally on the SEC Network, but she is ready to get the season going.
“I’m nervous, but also excited,” Rasmussen said. “I just can’t wait to get started and get to it.”
Holeman will have a bit of a homecoming as he the Rebels for 15 years, and led them to great success. Now that five years have passed since his tenure in Oxford, the players he coached there are gone, and Holeman views Ole Miss as just another opponent.
“I’m going to play against a couple of the players that I recruited, but none of the players that I actually coached, so it’s just another SEC team,” he said.
Crowder said she has high expectations for Georgia this season, and isn’t listening to any other chatter.
“I think that we’re actually going to be a heck of a team,” Crowder said. “We’re young and we’re leaders, but we’re full of energy, we’re fiery and we’re ready to prove some people wrong. I think that’s going to be a big thing for us this season, is our energy and just knowing that we have something to prove.”

Monday, August 18, 2014

College Update: Georgia State and Oglethorpe meet in Preseason

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Men’s Soccer Hosts Oglethorpe for Exhibition Saturday

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ATLANTA – After beginning training earlier this week, the Georgia State men’s soccer team will host Oglethorpe in the first of three preseason exhibitions. The friendly is set to begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16 at the GSU Soccer Complex. Admission and parking are free at the Panthersville facility.
"The Oglethorpe game will be a early test for us and give us a measuring stick," head coach Brett Surrency said. "I know the guys will be happy to compete against someone other than themselves and this game will provide a good challenge."
In 2013, the Stormy Petrels finished with an 11-3-3 overall record, including a 4-1-2 mark in the Southern Athletic Association. Oglethorpe returns eight starters from last year’s squad that finished second in the SAA. GSU and Oglethorpe also played an exhibition during the 2013 preseason, with the Panthers earning a 2-0 victory at the GSU Soccer Complex behind goals by Jamal Keene and Eddie Wilding.
Georgia State will also host Georgia Southwestern for an exhibition on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. before travelling to face Kentucky on Aug. 23 in the team’s final exhibition ahead of the season opener on Aug. 29 at Mercer.
"Preseason will be great for us to have a look at a variety of different players and combinations," Surrency said. "The goal is to be hitting on all cylinders when we step on the field for the season opener against Mercer."
This will be Surrency and his staff’s first opportunity to see nine new Panther players in GSU uniforms. The staff will be looking to see how they will mesh with the 11 returning letterwinners while helping replace the loss of six letterwinners from a season ago.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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Tournament Alert: Premier's November JR Cups as Boys only & Girls only events

Girls Jr Cup   
November 15- 16     Tupelo MS   u9-14 girls
Alabama Jr Cup 
November 22-23     Decatur AL  u9-14 boys

AL PSS events utilize the best fields and with 1 primary complex location!
Junior Cups are professionally managed and catering to these age groups to provide great experiences on Incredible FIELDS at 1 single complex!
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  • No Friday night matches
  • 1st timeslots on Sat and Sun are 845am (no 800am's)    -
  •  Last games on Saturday at 700pm - no 800pm games
  •  75 minute timeslots for U9-12 - allows for 15 minutes of warm-up time
  •  U10s = 6v6 or 8v8
  •  U12s= 8v8 or 11v11
  •  Music played during warm-ups (15 minutes) prior to start of matches!
  •  For all Finals matches:  international walk-outs with US National anthem prior to start of matches
  •  Awards ceremonies on Stage with announcer and DJ
  •  Rubber Tourney bracelets for all particpants
  •  18 teams maximum per age division (Gold, Silver, Bronze flights) - with 6 team structures-