A bad start may be a good thing

Trevor McNaboe

Trevor McNaboe

Georgia Southern University soccer fans, worry not. Although our Eagles are 2-3 on the year it’s nothing to lose sleep over. In fact, last year the team got off to a good start of 2-1, before going 6-12-1 on the season.

I think this is the year that GSU can make a big impact in the Southern Conference. 10, yes, 10 starters are returning to a team that went 3-3-1 in SoCon play in 2012.

GSU is a lot deeper especially in its attack as sophomore forwards Eric Dinka and Emmanuel Raji provide a nice compliment to senior forward Witt Carlisle.

The defense has improved, as this time last year the Eagles had allowed nine goals while this year they have allowed just five.

The GSU defense is made up of seniors Nick Lane and Thomas Valikonis, Preseason-All Southern Conference selection sophomore Reed Norton and Junior College All-American transfer Josh Ward.

The Eagles can hang with many teams, and that was seen as they took on Duke University, which plays in one of the toughest conferences in the country, to the final whistle in a 1-0 loss.

The experience and the individual position talents are there. The real questions fans need to ask is not, “Will they put all the pieces together?” but rather, “When will they?”