CLEMSON, SC August 12, 2014 – The Clemson men’s soccer team kicked off the 2014 season with two training sessions Tuesday. Both sessions were held at the soccer practice fields, adjacent to the Football Indoor Practice Facility on Clemson’s campus.
Head Coach Mike Noonan, entering his fifth season leading the Tiger program, returns nine starters, including several key contributors to last season’s success. Clemson finished sixth in the ACC last season with an overall record of 11-7-3, 5-4-2 in conference play, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers, while not ranked in the preseason NSCAA poll, did receive 25 votes, the second highest among teams not included in the top 25. A total of eight ACC programs were either ranked or received votes in the poll.
Noonan announced Tuesday that graduate student and Myrtle Beach, S.C. native Bobby Belair and senior Phanuel Kavita, from Salt Lake City, Utah, will serve as the team’s captains for the 2014 season.
Preseason training continues throughout the next few weeks, and includes two exhibition contests – vs. UAB on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at Historic Riggs Field, and at UNC Asheville on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. The Tigers open the regular season Friday, Aug. 29 when they host Radford at Historic Riggs Field at 7 p.m.