CONWAY, S.C. The Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team released its 2007 schedule, head coach Rohan Naraine announced today (July 11). The schedule includes six home games, two in-season tournaments and three contests against 2006 NCAA Tournament foes.
Coastal opens the 2007 schedule Monday, Sept. 3 at Wofford starting at 6 p.m. This will be the start of four games in seven days, all away from home. The Lady Chanticleers will face 2006 NCAA Tournament quarterfinalist Clemson Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. The Kick Out Cancer Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., follows, as Coastal plays Stetson Friday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. and 2006 Atlantic Sun Tournament champion Jacksonville Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m.
CCU will begin its home schedule Wednesday, Sept. 12 against The Citadel. Game time is at 7 p.m. Coastal will return to Jacksonville for the second time in as many weeks, as it plays in the North Florida Tournament. The Lady Chants will face host North Florida Friday, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m., and play Wagner Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2:30 p.m.
Coastal returns home to face Francis Marion Friday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m., while returning to the road for three contests at the College of Charleston (Sept. 25), VMI (Sept. 29) and Longwood (Sept. 30).
The Lady Chants host Presbyterian Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. and are at USC Upstate Oct. 31 at 7 p.m., in the final two non-conference matches. In the Big South, CCU hosts High Point (Oct. 8), Charleston Southern (Oct. 24) and Radford (Nov. 3), the latter being Senior Night. Coastal is on the road at VMI, UNC Asheville (Oct. 6), Winthrop (Oct. 20) and Liberty (Oct. 27).
The 2007 Big South Womens Soccer Tournament will take place Nov. 8-11 at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C., which is the home of the United Soccer Leagues Charleston Battery.
"I think September is going to be a challenging month before conference play starts," Naraine stated. "Having those challenges is great for our program. You want a tough schedule to see where you stand as a team. The Big South will be tough as always and I think having the tournament at Blackbaud Stadium is a great experience for our players and a great atmosphere for Big South womens soccer."
Coastal (13-6-1) tied a school record with 13 wins in 2006 and finished in second place in the Big South regular season with a 6-2 record.