– North Georgia head men’s soccer coach Pat Parris
released the team’s 2010 schedule on Thursday afternoon, a
slate that features 10 home games and eight road contest.
The Saints will open the year with a pair of road exhibition games against SCAD and Southern Wesleyan before opening the regular season at the Clayton State Laker Shootout with contests against Anderson University and Belmont Abbey, both teams from the Conference Carolinas.
“We have veteran players returning from last year with a new focus and determination on the upcoming season,” head coach Pat Parris said. “These players have a taste of what it takes to play at this level and are ready to face the battles this fall.”
Following the Laker Shootout, North Georgia will host five straight home games in September, including non-conference games against Lenoir-Rhyne, Barry University, and Queens, while the Saints will step into Peach Belt Conference play with matchups with USC Aiken and Montevallo in Dahlonega.
Parris has scheduled key non-conference games against Erskine, Lees-McRae, Tampa, and Brevard late in the year, while the always-tough league schedule looms with games against Lander, Clayton State, Flagler College, before ending the regular season with a trip to UNC Pembroke to battle the Braves.
Parris is in his fourth year at the helm of the Saints, guiding the program to a 21-32-3 mark in his first three seasons in Dahlonega. He will look to send North Georgia past the first round of the PBC Tournament for the third time in four years, while making a run at the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament birth.
The 2010 Peach Belt Conference men’s soccer tournament will hold the quarterfinal round of the championship at the higher seeded team, before the semifinals and title game will take place at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga., November 5-7, 2010.