MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College soccer team and head coach Hope Clark released its 2012 schedule Thursday, featuring 11 home contests.
In one of the toughest schedules in recent memory, GC soccer squares off with three nationally-ranked teams, as well as seven teams that made appearances in the 2011 NCAA Division II Soccer Tournament.
Action starts on the road, as GC travels to the Lenoir-Rhyne Classic hosted by Lenoir-Rhyne University. The Bobcats start with the No. 9 Bears Friday, Aug. 31 and take on another NCAA Tournament participant in Lees-McRae College Sunday, Sept. 2.
The home slate begins Friday, Sept. 7 with the annual Bobcat Shootout Tournament, featuring the Bobcats, Tusculum College, No. 23 Saint Leo University and Nova Southeastern University. Tusculum and Saint Leo square off at 5 p.m. with the Bobcats and Nova to follow. Sunday, Sept. 9 the TC Pioneers take on Nova at 10 a.m., while afterward GC battles Saint Leo.
GC is home again Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. against Anderson University, and after the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) season starts at USC Aiken Sept. 15, the Bobcats host conference foe Lander University Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.
After a pair of contests at NCAA participants in North Georgia and No. 22 Columbus State University, the Bobcats rattle off four-straight home contests at the end of September to early October. Clayton State University, Young Harris College, UNC Pembroke and NCAA participant University of North Alabama all invade Bobcat Field.
GC heads to No. 3 Armstrong Oct. 13. The Pirates advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 2011, adding a PBC Championship and PBC Tournament Championship to the mix. Alternating games at home against Newberry College Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. and at the University of Montevallo set the stage for a two-game PBC homestand to end the season, as the Bobcats have Georgia Southwestern State University Oct. 24 and Flagler College Oct. 27 on the home surface.
The PBC Tournament starts Oct. 30 and concludes with the championship game Nov. 4.
The Bobcats will look to improve upon a 5-16 season with a 4-6 conference mark, and return five of their top seven scorers from an extremely young squad a year ago.
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