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Wednesday, June 15, 2011A home game against Belmont and a trip to Memphis highlight the upcoming Lipscomb Bisons soccer schedule as head coach Charles Morrow and the Bisons released its 2011 Fall schedule on Wednesday.
“We feel the schedule is a good mix of strength of schedule and is a schedule that is setup for us to have success with,” Morrow said. “We are looking forward to getting into it and seeing where we are at as a team leading into the conference season.”
“I think our non-conference schedule will do a good job of not only preparing us for conference but also build confidence and experience going into league play.”
The 2011 schedule features eight home matches, including home conference matches against Belmont, Jacksonville, North Florida and Mercer. The non-conference home schedule features games against Georgia State, Xavier and Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne.
Lipscomb will play an exhibition game on Saturday, Aug. 20 against UAB in Birmingham at 7 p.m. Following the exhibition with UAB, the Bisons will open the season against Georgia State the following Friday (Aug. 26) at 7:15 p.m., in the home opener under the lights at the LU Soccer Complex.
Following the match against Georgia State, the Bisons will travel west on I-40 for a much anticipated non-conference match against Memphis on Sunday, Aug. 28.
“We have been looking forward to playing Memphis for a couple of years now so it will be good to play them,” Morrow said.
The Bisons will then travel to High Point, N.C. for a non-conference match against High Point on Sept. 1, before returning home for a Sunday afternoon match against the Musketeers of Xavier on Sept. 4.
The coaching staff is looking forward to the early road match against High Point.
“When you look at our schedule from years past, you would say some of our bigger games on our schedule were against much bigger universities and school’s that were more known nationally then a High Point, but we are excited to play them because we know they are a very good team,” Morrow said.
Lipscomb will play Virginia Military Institute and Georgia Southern in the four-team Belmont Tournament Sept. 9-11 at the newly constructed E.S. Rose Park Sports Complex.
A week after the Belmont Tourney, Lipscomb will host four-teams in the Hyatt Place Select/Lipscomb Invitational Tournament. This year’s field includes Belmont, Bowling Green and Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW). The four-team tournament will get underway on Friday, Sept. 16 with Belmont meeting Bowling Green in the first game before Lipscomb plays IPFW at 7:30 p.m.
The coaching staff likes the idea of playing two weeks in a row in the Music City.
“It’s nice to be home in Nashville two weekends in a row with the Belmont and our tournament consecutive weekends,” Morrow added.
Following the Lipscomb Invitational, the Bisons will hit the road for two games against Eastern Illinois and SIU-Edwardsville before opening the A-Sun season at USC-Upstate on Sept. 30.
The month of October will be a difficult test for the Bisons as they travel to ETSU, Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson during a three-week span. FGCU, ETSU and Stetson finished 1-3 last year in the A-Sun standings as ETSU won the league as FGCU was not eligible for postseason play yet due to the NCAA reclassifying period.
In between that tough stretch, the Bisons host three straight conference games, Belmont (Oct. 9), Jacksonville (Oct. 14) and North Florida (Oct. 16). The Battle of the Boulevard match and game against Jacksonville will start at 7 p.m., while the Sunday UNF match will start at 2 p.m.
“Having Belmont at home this year is always exciting for our program,” Morrow said. “We do a great job of preparing for that game and our students and fans do a great job of getting out to that game. It’s always a highlight to be able to play Belmont at home.”
Following the UNF match, Lipscomb will travel to FGCU and Stetson on the weekend of Oct. 21-23 before closing out the 2011 regular season at home against Mercer at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27.
The Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament begins Nov. 9 with games at the sites of the high seeds. The semifinals will be played Nov. 11 and the finals are scheduled Nov. 13 with all games to be hosted by the highest remaining seeds.
“We feel good about the balance of strength of schedule and being able to have success and build confidence within what we got,” Morrow said. “We’re looking forward to kicking off the season in the next 55 days.”
Click the schedule link at the top of the release to see the Bisons complete 2011 schedule.