Seven NCAA Teams Highlight MSoc Schedule
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - UNCW head men's soccer coach Aidan Heaney has announced the Seahawks' schedule for the 2012 season, on that has seven teams that played in the NCAA tournament last fall, including St. Mary's (Calif.) who advanced to the quarterfinals.
The 2012 docket will be a balanced one with the Seahawks playing at the UNCW Soccer Stadium nine times and on the road nine times, with one of those away contests being a neutral site game.
The Seahawks open Heaney's 12th season at the helm on August 24, hosting Southern Conference power UNC Greensboro. The Spartans reached the SoCon title game before bowing to Elon.
UNCW visits longtime regional rival Campbell on Aug. 29.
The Seahawks will compete in a pair of in-season tournaments including the Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational on Sept. 7 & 9. NCAA tournament and host Furman will be UNCW's first opponent in the tournament before the Seahawks take on another SoCon member in the College of Charleston on the final day.
The UNCW Soccer Stadium will play host to the UNCW Hilton Garden Inn Classic on Sept. 14 & 16. Joining the Seahawks are Appalachian State, Binghamton and St. Mary's. The Seahawks play SMC on the seventh and will close out the weekend with Binghamton.
ACC power Duke will make the trek to the Stadium on Sept. 25, with the Blue Devils being the second of four NCAA tournament participants to play at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.
UNCW's Colonial Athletic Association opener will be at George Mason on Sept. 22. Other road games in CAA play are William & Mary, Drexel, Northeastern and Delaware. Home games include Hofstra, James Madison, Old Dominion, Georgia State and Towson.
The Seahawks will also host a pair of exhibition games with NCAA finalist Charlotte and NC State on Aug. 14 and 18, respectively.
Aug. 14 Charlotte (Exh.), 7 p.m.; 18 NC State (Exh.), 7 p.m.; 24 UNCG, 7 p.m.; 29 at Campbell, 7 p.m.
Sept. 2 at Appalachian State, 3 p.m.; 7 at Furman#, 7 p.m.; 9 Vs. Col. of Charleston#, 11:30 a.m.; 14 St. Mary's%, 7:30 p.m.; 16 Binghamton%, 2 p.m.; 22 at George Mason*, 7 p.m.; 25 Duke, 7 p.m.; 29 Hofstra*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 3 at William & Mary*, 7 p.m.; 6 at Drexel*, 4 p.m.; 10 James Madison*, 7 p.m.; 13 Old Dominion*, 7 p.m.; 17 Georgia State*, 7 p.m.; 20 at Northeastern*, 6 p.m.; 27 Towson*, 7 p.m.; 30 at Delaware*, 7 p.m.