KENNESAW, Ga. – A new era will begin this fall when first-year head coach Benji Walton leads the Kennesaw State women’s soccer team onto the field for its 2016 season opener at Chattanooga on Aug. 19.

The preparation for that first match begins Tuesday (Aug. 2) when Walton welcomes 14 returners and 11 newcomers to the initial team meeting of the season. The Owls will have their first training session on Wednesday (Aug. 3) beginning at 8 a.m.

Walton inherits a team that is coming off a 6-10-3 season and an appearance in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. The Owls return their top five points leaders from a year ago.

Walton took over the reins of the Kennesaw State program on Jan. 4 after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Indiana.

WALTON ON THE START OF THE SEASON
“You’re always excited when you’re this close to getting the team together. There is always this general enthusiasm to get rolling. There is also some nerves as to how it’s going to take shape and how it’s going to come together for the team. Right now we’re counting the days, looking forward to getting the girls in one room again and just get started, and starting putting the pieces together.”

WHAT’S AHEAD
The Owls will hold two-a-day training sessions Wednesday through Aug. 10 before hosting Middle Tennessee in an exhibition on Aug. 11 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium beginning at 7 p.m. Following its season opener at Chattanooga, Kennesaw State will host Georgia State in its home opener on Aug. 22. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

THE ROSTER
The 25-person roster includes 14 returners and 11 newcomers, including six returning starters. The team is led by seven seniors, including forward Cassidy Kemp, who paced the Owls with 16 points (six goals, four assists).

THE SCHEDULE
Kennesaw State’s 17-match schedule includes seven home contests and 10 road matches. The home slate is highlighted by visits from Georgia State (Aug. 22), Mercer (Aug. 26) and defending ASUN Conference champion Florida Gulf Coast (Oct. 7). KSU opens the month of September with five straight road matches that include a trip to Athens on Sept. 11 to take on Georgia.

HOME ADMISSION
Admission to all home matches at Fifth Third Bank Stadium are free and seating is general admission.

To keep up with the latest Kennesaw State soccer news follow the team on Twitter @KSUOwlNationand @KSUOwlsSoccer or by liking Kennesaw State University on Facebook.

Fifth Third Bank is the Official Bank of Kennesaw State Athletics. Fifth Third Bank Stadium is the home of women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse and football.

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Source: http://www.ksuowls.com/news/2016/8/2/womens-soccer-soc-owls-hold-first-practice-in-advance-of-2016-season-on-wednesday.aspx?path=wsoc

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