MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College soccer program and head coach Hope Clark released the 2014 schedule Wednesday, with nine home matches on the 17-game slate.
The Bobcats will take on four teams ranked in the nation's top-25 in the final NSCAA Division II Women's Soccer Poll of 2013. The schedule also features four squads that qualified for the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
The season starts on the road at Florida Southern College and No. 25 Rollins College, Sept. 5 and 7, respectively.
The home portion of the schedule starts with the 2014 Bobcat Shootout, as Lynn University, the University of West Georgia and the University of North Alabama all come to Bobcat Field. After Lynn and UWG kick things off, Georgia College plays UNA Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and finishes the tourney with UWG Sept. 14 at 3 p.m.
Anderson University squares off with the Bobcats Sept. 17, leading into the start of Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play. Conference action starts on the road at USC Aiken Sept. 19, returning home for a battle with Lander University Sept. 24 at 7 p.m., the annual "Thunder Crew White Out Night".
October owns four home matches as well, including three in a row. NCAA tourney qualifier and PBC Champion Clayton State University comes to Milledgeville Oct. 4. The Kick for a Cure cancer awareness match opponent is Young Harris College Oct. 8 at 6 p.m., and UNC Pembroke finishes the three in a row Oct. 11.
Youth Soccer Day comes Oct. 29 against Georgia Southwestern State University, including a Halloween costume contest. Senior Day for the Bobcats finishes off the regular season against Flagler College Nov. 1 at 3 p.m.
All four of the team's nationally-ranked opponents come on the road, with Rollins having the best postseason finish, advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Georgia College loses just two seniors from a PBC Tournament runner-up finish in 2013, the school's best effort in program history. The squad went 10-7-3 overall, and put a pair of forwards in Abby Dalton (Macon, Ga.) and Ashley Veilleux (Monroe, Ga.) on the All-Southeast Region teams.
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