HARROGATE, Tenn. — The season in Lincoln Memorial University men’s soccer is set and ready to begin, as Railsplitters head coach Helio D’Anna has announced the schedule for the 2012 campaign.
The Railsplitters are knotted for 16 matches this season with seven matches coming on the friendly confines of the LMU Soccer Complex. This season, LMU will look to build on a 8-7-3 mark, a 6-3 South Atlantic Conference record and a fourth-place finish in the SAC a season ago.
Lincoln Memorial University will open the season with a pair of home nonconference tests, as the University of Alabama-Huntsville travel to Harrogate on Sept. 1 and Union University steps onto the field on September 4.
The Railsplitters play the next four games on the road as the early stretch of the season will provide some of the most demanding level of competition. LMU travels to the University of Montevallo for a daunting test with the Falcons, who qualified for the NCAA Tournament a season ago, on Sept. 8. On Sept. 12, the ‘Splitters head to Bristol, Tenn., for a regional match against King College. The road stretch finishes with matches against Mars Hill College, who advanced to the NCAA Tournament Division II Sweet Sixteen last season, on Sept. 15 and in-state rival Carson-Newman College on Sept. 19.
The next three matches are slated to be held on the LMU Soccer Complex. Lenoir-Rhyne University comes to town on Sept. 22 with nonconference opponent Bethel University to follow on Sept. 26. The Railsplitters complete the homestand on Sept. 29, as they host the defending South Atlantic Conference champions, Anderson University.
October begins with LMU hitting the road for a pair of games. On Oct. 2, the Railsplitters travel to Trevecca Nazarene University for nonconference action. Wingate University appears next on the schedule, as LMU will walk into Wingate, N.C. on Oct. 6.
LMU hosts Tusculum College on Oct. 10 and Brevard College on Oct. 13 before moving away from Harrogate for the final three games of the season. The ‘Splitters travel to Catawba College on Oct. 20th and Queens University of Charlotte on Oct. 23 before completing the regular season schedule at Newberry College on Oct. 27th.
The Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament is slated to begin on Oct. 31.