MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College & State University soccer program released its 2010 schedule Monday, featuring 10 home contests at Bobcat Field.
The Bobcats will again host two tournaments, the second annual Bobcat Shootout and the second Little Feet Invitational.
Action starts at the Little Feet South Florida Shootout, where the Bobcats will face Florida Southern College and host Lynn University Sept. 3 and 5. FSC made an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009, bowing out in the first round 3-2 to the University of North Alabama.
The Bobcats open up the home slate Friday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in game two of the Second Annual Bobcat Shootout, hosting Anderson University. Georgia College wraps up that tournament Sunday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m., taking on No. 24 Florida Tech. The Panthers also made an NCAA Tournament bid a year ago, advancing to the second round.
A week later, Georgia College hosts the Second Annual Little Feet Invitational, facing Dowling College Sept. 17 and Barry University Sept. 19.
The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) slate begins at home this season, when the Bobcats host Georgia Southwestern State University Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. Four more home games follow, including the University of West Georgia Sept. 25 and Lander University Sept. 29.
Georgia College kicks off October against No. 23 Armstrong Atlantic State University. The 2009 PBC Tournament Champion Pirates come to Milledgeville Wed. Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. AASU made a trip to the NCAA Tournament last season, notching a 5-0 win over Belmont Abbey College before dropping in the second round. The Bobcat home stretch ends with Clayton State University Oct. 9.
After a trip to North Georgia Oct. 13, the Bobcats will hold Senior Day Saturday, Oct. 16 as they host Flagler College for the first time. The remaining four games are on the road, going to UNC Pembroke Oct. 20, and No. 11 Columbus State University Oct. 23. The Cougars advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in 2009, falling to Carson-Newman College.
The regular season wraps up with matches at USC Aiken Oct. 27 and the University of Montevallo Oct. 30. The PBC Tournament opens up on campus sites Tuesday, Nov. 2, with the final four in Evans, Ga. Nov. 5 and 7.
The Bobcats had another successful season in 2009, taking third in the PBC with a 5-1-4 mark, 10-6-5 overall, their third-straight 10-win season. Six Bobcats were named all-conference in 2009, led by the first All-American in school history, goalkeeper Mary Rob Plunkett.
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