August 31, 2010

Soccer Programs Set to Open Seasons this Weekend

Men's Soccer Schedule | Women's Soccer Schedule

DAHLONEGA, GA – The first athletic event of the fall is just around the corner as the women’s soccer team travels to Lees-McRae on Thursday afternoon to officially open the 2010-11 athletic year.

The Lady Saints are coming off their most successful season in school history and will look to jump right back into the win column on Thursday afternoon, taking on the Bobcats of Lees-McRae College with kick off set for 4:00 p.m. at Tate Field.

Following a battle on the road to open the year, the women’s soccer team returns to the friendly confines of the North Georgia soccer complex on Saturday afternoon to tangle with Belmont Abbey at 1:00 p.m.

The Lady Saints have not lost their season opener since the 2005 season when the squad fell 2-1 to Lenoir-Rhyne, one of nine straight losses to open the year. Since 2005, the women’s soccer team is 2-0-2 in season opening games.

The men’s soccer team will open the year Friday afternoon at the annual Clayton State Laker Shootout in Morrow, Georgia, with a battle against the 14th-ranked Anderson University Trojans. The Saints will then come back on Saturday and take on Belmont Abbey in a Peach Belt and Conference Carolinas matchup at 5:00 p.m.

The Saints are looking for their first winning season since the 2005 campaign that saw North Georgia finish 10-6-2 overall and in the “Final Four” of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament. The Saints will also look to break a trend of dropping their season opener, going four straight years without a win to open the year. The last season opener in the win column for the Saints was a 2-1 victory over Belhaven in 2005.

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