Preseason Camp: August 10-August 14
Site: Jekyll Island Soccer Complex
ATLANTA (July 28)--In less than two weeks, the Georgia State men's soccer team begins its initial preparations for the much-anticipated 2012 season when it travels to Jekyll Island for the first-time ever for preseason camp from Aug. 10-14.
The off-campus training sessions will be an exciting and welcome experience, specifically for an eight-member senior class used to holding preseason camp at the GSU Soccer Complex in Panthersville. It will be the first time in their GSU careers the preseason camp will take place off campus. All student-athletes will still report the morning of August 8th for the annual fitness test given by third-year head coach Brett Surrency and his staff.
The Jekyll Island Soccer Complex, home to the Golden Isles Soccer Association, is just more than a five-hour drive from Atlanta. The Panthers depart for the complex the morning of Aug. 10 to practice and prepare for their trip to Columbia, S.C., for an exhibition match vs. the University of South Carolina on Aug. 14.
"We're excited to get out there and see all of the players and the work they have put in over the summer to prepare for this season," Surrency said.
The Jekyll Island Soccer Complex offers the Panthers a unique ocean-side atmosphere, an early-season bonding expeirence and a widely-known quality soccer pitch for preseason training. The complex, which features five fields with identical Bermuda grass playing surfaces, is 200 yards from the beach via a direct boardwalk.
Six newcomers join the Panthers this season following their run to an at-large bid to the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Since he's taken over the program prior to the 2010 season, Surrency has established fitness as a top priority for Georgia State soccer.
"Fitness is a huge focal point for us and we use the fitness test to start the season as a separating factor for the players," Surrency said, "We purposely don't tell anyone what the fitness test will be so they come prepared for anything. These drills are first impressions which can be huge especially for the new guys."
Georgia State plays host to one exhibition match at Panthersville on Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. vs. Southern Poly.
GSU begins the regular-season with a weekend trip to Jacksonville, Fla., for two matches. The Panthers kick-off the season with a Friday night match against Surrency's alma mater, Jacksonville, on Aug. 24 (7 p.m.) before taking on the University of North Florida on Aug. 26 (3 p.m.).