Soccer names captains, kicks off 2008 season Saturday

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Tech soccer team travels to Atlanta this weekend to begin the 2008 regular season against Georgia State on Saturday.

This year's team played together for the first time on Aug 19, in an exhibition match against Carson-Newman.

Week No. 1 Team Notes (PDF) Sophomore Brooke Mayo scored the lone Tech goal in the exhibition, but the Golden Eagles fell short in a 2-1 loss when Carson-Newman's Morgan Gruenenfelder scored her second goal with 35 seconds left.

On Thursday, Tech announced its 2008 team captains, with seniors Brianne Lankford and Katie Morrissey, and sophomore Taren Brown earning the honors.

Lankford, a defender from Knoxville, made eight starts in 2007, and had a goal and an assist against UT-Chattanooga. The fifth-year senior has seen action in 27 career games at Tech.

Morrissey set a career high in shots in 2007 with 20, while starting 16 games. The senior from Franklin, Texas has five career goals, including a game-winner, in the 45 matches she's played in at Tech.

Brown, a defender from Hendersonville, Tenn. started all 18 games for the Golden Eagles as a freshman in 2007, and was named Golden Eagle freshman of the year, as well as earning a spot on the OVC all-newcomer team.

The match against Georgia State kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Panthersville Complex. The Panthers have dominated the all-time series against Tech, taking all five previous matches. The Panthers beat Tech 3-2 in 2007. Saturday's match is both teams' season opener.