CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina University women’s soccer program and head coach Rohan Naraine announced its 2008 schedule today (June 25). The challenging 20-game slate includes eight home games, two in-season tournaments and road contests against four teams that made the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
Coastal opens the campaign Friday, August 22 at UNC Greensboro, who advanced to the second round of last year’s tournament. That game begins at 7 p.m. Coastal then heads to Durham, N.C. for a 5 p.m., contest with Duke Sunday, August 24. Duke also advanced to the final eight of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. The Lady Chanticleers will participate in the Select Kickoff Classic in Greenville, S.C., facing Southern Conference Tournament champion Furman Friday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m., and SoCon foe Wofford Sunday, August 31 at 2:30 p.m.
The Chanticleers open the home schedule by hosting the Coastal Carolina Tournament Sept. 5 and 7. CCU will welcome Georgia Southern, Longwood and Charleston Southern for the weekend. Coastal will face Georgia Southern Friday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m., and Longwood Sunday, Sept. 7 at 3 p.m.
Four games away from home follow the in-season tournament. This includes a trip to Conference USA’s East Carolina Sept. 21 and the Big South opener at Presbyterian Sept. 24. Coastal will face the two newcomers of the Big South in the first two matches, as the Lady Chants host Gardner-Webb Saturday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.
Coastal heads into the meat of the conference schedule in October, hosting Liberty, UNC Asheville, Winthrop and VMI, while traveling to Radford, Charleston Southern and ending the regular season with a 2007 Big South Tournament championship rematch against High Point Nov. 1. The VMI game on Friday, Oct. 24 will be Senior Night for the Lady Chanticleers.
Coastal will head to High Point twice in less than a week as the 2008 Big South Tournament will be hosted by the Panthers Nov. 6-9.
“It is a tough schedule, but at the same time we need to challenge our team and our program and how better to do that than to play good teams,” Naraine said. “Our first three games are against NCAA Tournament participants. We also have a lot more games at home this year. We’re looking forward to our home tournament and the fact that a lot of people will be able to come out and watch us play this year.”
Coastal ended the 2007 season after recording a school record 15 wins, a Big South regular season championship and a first trip to the Big South Tournament championship game in school history. Coastal returns nine starters and 17 letterwinners in 2008.