Fall is here, and what a time it is to be in Statesboro, Georgia and to be a Georgia Southern fan. Fall sports in Statesboro take up several dates on the calendar, as football, volleyball and soccer all begin their years in the months of August and September. You can look anywhere online for the X’s and O’s about most of these sports to great depth, but some of these sports do not get the love and attention they deserve, with some of these squads having either Sun Belt Championship appearances or even national appearances. On top of this, there are several opportunities to see the Eagles play throughout the fall, which you may or may not be aware of. So, I present to you my brief rundown on all the fall sports for Georgia Southern University.
Women’s soccer is the first team to start their regular season this fall, with their opener in College Park, Maryland against the Terps on August 22, with their home opener in Savannah against the Citadel on August 25. The squad returns two of their top starters in Claire Amici and Brogan Boudreaux, who both started at least 15 games, with Amici starting all 17 matches last season. Also, Lauren Karinshak returns for her senior year, after posting five clean sheets in her sophomore year, which included an impressive scoreless streak of over 340 consecutive minutes. Although it will be quite a bit of new faces, there are several opportunities to see the Eagles in action, including four home games in a nine-day stretch. As of last year, soccer is now a ticketed event, with tickets priced at $5 per game, or $50 for the season tickets.
August 25 vs. Citadel (Match in Savannah)
September 1 vs. Presbyterian
September 15 vs. UAB
September 22 vs. Little Rock
October 11 vs. South Alabama
October 13 vs. Georgia State
October 18 vs. Arkansas State
October 20 vs. Louisiana-Monroe
Men’s soccer returns to action after an appearance in the Sun Belt Championship game here in Statesboro last fall. Coach Murphy’s squad returns seven of the main starters, so this team will be fun to watch, as they try to return to the Sun Belt Championship, which will be hosted in Boone, North Carolina by App State this year. Their first regular season match is August 30 in Charleston against UNC-Wilmington, with their first home matchup against Merrimack on September 6. There will be eight home matches this fall, including a stretch of three games in seven days, as well as a matchup against the
Appalachian State Mountaineers. As with Women’s Soccer, the men’s matches will be ticketed events, with single game tickets being $5 and season tickets being $50.
September 6 vs. Merrimack
September 21 vs. Campbell
September 27 vs. Mercer
October 1 vs. Jacksonville (Match in Savannah)
October 4 vs. Wofford
October 18 vs. Central Arkansas
October 22 vs. Winthrop
November 2 vs. Appalachian State
Everyone should remember the high note the Eagles finished with on the gridiron. The dramatic turnaround of 10 wins, capped off by a Camellia Bowl victory in last second fashion. This year the team looks to go from “Good To Great.” The team will first see action on August 31 under the lights of Death Valley in Baton Rouge, as they face the LSU Tigers before their first home game on September 7 against the Maine Black Bears. Several starters return, including Shai Werts, who has dropped the No. 4 for the No. 1 this season, as well as the stud duo at cornerback Kindle Vildor and Monquavion Brinson. The schedule is set up to provide some great games this season, and Coach Chad Lunsford will certainly have the team ready to roll into Tiger Stadium. There are six home games in Paulson Stadium this fall, with all falling on a Saturday this season. Season tickets start at $80, with single game tickets going on sale August 15.
September 7 vs. Maine
September 28 vs. Louisiana
October 19 vs. Coastal Carolina
October 26 vs. New Mexico State
November 16 vs. Louisiana Monroe
November 30 vs. Georgia State
Volleyball will begin this year starting a new era, as new head coach Chad Willis takes the helm for the Eagles. The one thing I have noticed this summer is the social media presence Coach Willis and his staff have created, which has a lot more people excited for the upcoming season. The first regular season tournament will begin on August 30 in Macon, competing against Mercer, Campbell and Nichols State. The first home matches will take place during the Eagle Invitational, which will see Southern Miss, Winthrop, and UNC Asheville come to Hanner Fieldhouse to take on the Eagles on the weekend of September 13. This new era brings forth a lot of new faces and new energy to Hanner Fieldhouse, and there are 10 home matches that provide an opportunity to see the Eagles compete. Season tickets for volleyball are $50 with single game tickets being $5 each.
September 13 vs. UNC Asheville
September 13 vs. Southern Miss
September 14 vs. Winthrop
October 4 vs. Troy
October 5 vs. South Alabama
October 17 vs. Louisiana Monroe
October 18 vs. Louisiana
November 8 vs. Appalachian State
November 9 vs. Coastal Carolina
November 12 vs. Georgia State
There are several other sports that have split seasons, bearing a schedule that spans across the fall and spring, such as men’s and women’s golf, women’s rifle, track and field/cross country, swimming and diving, and men’s and women’s basketball. These sports are all fun to take in as a spectator, so I will certainly be providing more information regarding these successful programs in my next issue, so stay tuned for that.
In the meantime, these four sports provide action here in Statesboro for the entire fall and provide great fun. All four squads are primed for a big year, and the support of Eagle Nation and the Statesboro community can go a long way in their runs for a championship.