JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – The Carson-Newman men's soccer team held its first workouts in preparation for the 2011 season on Monday morning, marking the beginning of fall camp.
The practices also mark the first under first-year head coach Richard Moodie, who was named head coach in February. Moodie returns after playing for the Eagles from 2002-'05, and hopes the success he had at Mossy Creek as a player, continues as the Eagles' head coach.
"It was a great feeling (to be at practice as C-N head coach)," Moodie said after the Eagles morning workout. "We've talked a lot about goals. One of the guys, Matheus Bachi, talked about how I had my history at C-N, and these guys want their own history. They want to be set apart and be their own championship team…make their own history."
Moodie got the effort he wanted for the first day of workouts, but isn't losing sight of the fact that it was his team's first workout.
"First practice was excellent, but it always is on day one" Moodie noted. "All 32 guys worked hard at six a.m., and the effort was excellent, but the truth will come out on Wednesday when we see how these guys do after a couple of days of workouts."
The Eagles have two exhibition matches before opening their season in just over two weeks.
C-N will travel to Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. on Saturday for a 6 p.m. match. Then it will host Tennessee Wesleyan on August 24 at
Carson-Newman will open its 2011 regular season on Sept. 1 at home against Milligan College. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
The Eagles have four non-conference matches before opening South Atlantic Conference play Sept. 17 at home against Brevard College.
Last season, the Eagles went 12-5-1 and 8-1 in SAC play, capturing a share of the league title.