Clinton, S.C. – Presbyterian College and head men’s soccer coach Jonathan Potter announced the 2019 schedule on Wednesday. The season consists of two exhibition matches and an 18-game regular season featuring seven home games and 11 road dates. The schedule also features six teams who either won a conference title last season or earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
“We are very excited to announce our fall schedule,” said Coach Potter. “We look to challenge ourselves again as one third of our opponents either won titles last season or made a postseason appearance.”
Georgia Gwinnett first visits Martin Stadium and Edens Field for an exhibition on August 17 at 7 pm. The Blue Hose then travel to Clemson for a final exhibition, also at 7 pm, on August 24.
The Blue Hose begin the regular season with an uphill challenge as they face off against three consecutive conference champions. First, on August 30, PC hosts Georgia State in the second half of a home double-header with the women’s team. Then, the team begins a six-game road stretch at Mercer (9/2) and UNC Wilmington (9/6). All three games are 7 pm starts.
Georgia State won the Sun Belt’s regular season and conference tournament titles last season, Mercer was the Southern Conference regular season champion, and UNCW received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season out of the Colonial Athletic Association. The Blue Hose will be looking for revenge against the Seahawks as they eliminated PC from the 2017 NCAA Tournament with an overtime goal the last time these two teams met.
Presbyterian continues the season with a neutral site game against the College of Charleston (9/8) in Wilmington, N.C., at the UNCW SpringHill Suites Classic beginning at 2 pm. The road then takes PC to a 4 pm battle at Jacksonville (9/14), a 7 pm matchup at East Tennessee State (9/17) before concluding with a 2 pm showdown against Belmont (9/21). Despite not winning a SoCon title last season, ETSU is one of the most formidable opponents on the schedule with a 2018 final RPI ranking of 48.
After nearly a month away, the Blue Hose return to Martin Stadium to host Middle Georgia State (9/24) and Furman (9/28) in back-to-back 7 pm home games. The Paladins won the SoCon Tournament last season and advanced past UNCW to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
A 7 pm road game at South Carolina (10/1) concludes the non-conference schedule, while a 2 pm road game at Longwood (10/5) opens Big South play for PC.
The Blue Hose then welcome Radford (10/9) and Campbell (10/12) to Clinton in back-to-back home dates beginning at 6 pm and 2 pm, respectively. The latter will be a rematch of the 2018 Big South Tournament Championship that saw the Camels advance to the NCAA Tournament over PC on a 99th minute golden goal.
The regular season concludes with alternating home/away dates. USC Upstate (10/19) and Gardner-Webb (11/2) are home games while PC travels to High Point (10/16), the Big South’s defending regular season champions, as well as to Winthrop (10/26) and UNC Asheville (11/6). The first four games are 7 pm starts with the season finale in Asheville set for 6 pm.
“The Big South Conference continues to be competitive, proven by the fact that four different teams have advanced to the NCAA Tournament the last three seasons. Our home support has been tremendous over that stretch and energized our student-athletes to play at their best. We are eager to get back to putting in the hard work necessary to continue competing at a high level this fall.”
The Big South Tournament is slated to last from November 10-17 with the higher seed hosting throughout.