CONWAY, S.C. The Coastal Carolina University mens soccer team has released its 2007 schedule, head coach Shaun Docking announced today (July 10). The schedule includes a season-opening tournament on campus, nine home games and plenty of intrasectional matchups.
Coastal will have two exhibition games before the start of the season. The Chanticleers will host 2006 NCAA Tournament participant Duke Sunday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. Coastal then will face Elon the following Sunday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m.
Coastal will start the 2007 season by hosting the Coastal Carolina/adidas Invitational Friday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept 2 at the CCU Soccer Field. Coastal will face Florida Gulf Coast Friday at 7 p.m., and host St. Josephs Sunday at 2 p.m. CCU will play in Furman and UNC Wilmingtons Tournament the next two weekends. In Greenville, S.C., the Chants will face Jacksonville Friday, Sept. 7 at 4:30 p.m., and future Big South opponent Presbyterian Sunday, Sept. 9 at 11:30 a.m. In Wilmington, Coastal will face the host Seahawks Friday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m., and face the College of Charleston Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m.
Coastal returns to Conway Sunday, Sept. 23 to face Cal State Fullerton at 1 p.m. The Chanticleers open the Big South season at home Sunday, Sept. 29 against VMI at 3 p.m. Coastal has non-conference home matches against George Washington Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m., 2006 NCAA Tournament participant Wake Forest Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., and North Florida Saturday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. Coastal will take on Davidson Saturday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m., and ACC foe and NCAA Tournament team Clemson Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.
In the Big South, Coastal has home matches against VMI, Liberty (Oct. 12) and Radford (Nov. 9). The match against the Highlanders will be Senior Night. Coastals conference road matches are at UNC Asheville (Oct. 3), High Point (Oct. 27) and defending Big South champions Winthrop (Nov. 7).
The Big South Tournament will take place Nov. 15-18 and will be held on Winthrops campus in Rock Hill, S.C.
"This is another challenging schedule for our team," Docking said. "We have a lot of home matches this season, so our fans will be able to see some great soccer. We have a lot of solid squads coming on campus, so the quality of soccer will be high. The Big South continues to get better and better, so the challenging non-conference schedule will help us prepare for the conference battles. This is a senior-laden team with an exciting freshman class coming in. I think our guys are ready for a challenge and ready to make a run at returning to the NCAA Tournament."
Coastal returns 10 starters and 15 letterman from a 2006 squad that finished 11-7-2 and advanced to the semifinals of the Big South Tournament.