The Tennessee Volunteers have excessive expectations for the 2023 faculty soccer season.
So excessive, in reality, that they are aiming for the back-to-back defending nationwide champions — which simply so occur to be part of their convention.
Kirby Sensible’s Georgia Bulldogs aren’t simply the cream of the crop within the SEC East, they’re the large canine in all of faculty soccer, having surpassed Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide. That is not deterring Tennessee, although.
With head coach Josh Heupel coming off an 11-2 document in his second season as head coach on Rocky High, the Vols clearly really feel they’re able to take the subsequent step. And meaning successful the division.
“That first yr, we hoped to win. Now, we anticipate to win each recreation,” senior defensive sort out Omari Thomas just lately mentioned, per ESPN. “There is a distinction. All people on this staff will let you know that we anticipate to win the East.”
Tennessee’s two losses final season got here to Georgia and South Carolina. The up-and-coming Gamecocks will play Tennessee in late September, however make no mistake about it, the Vols’ objectives of being a significant participant within the 2023 School Soccer Playoff image actually run by way of UGA.
Final season’s loss was a 27-13 stinker in Athens. In 2023, Tennessee performs host to the Bulldogs in mid-November in a recreation that may very well be for all of the marbles within the division.
The Vols, in fact, nonetheless should beat the likes of Texas A&M and Alabama, nevertheless it nearly appears as if that is an afterthought at this level for the staff.
“We’re simply enjoying a recreation that we love and doing the issues we need to do, and that is successful the East,” quarterback Joe Milton III mentioned. “That is one thing we have set our minds to and that is one thing we’re keen to get completed it doesn’t matter what it takes.”