August 6, 2010

Tough teams line Tornado Soccer schedule in 2010

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College head men's soccer coach Matt Lavinder recently announced the 2010 schedule for the Tornado which features three Top-20 teams and four conference champions from 2009.

Of the teams on this year's docket, Flagler (Fla.) College, Peach Belt, Carson-Newman (Tenn.) College, South Atlantic, Lees-McRae (N.C.) College, Conference Carolinas, and Milligan (Tenn.) College, Appalachian Athletic, all were conference champions. The 17-match schedule features 14 teams that finished at .500 or better last season including 10 teams that won 10 or more matches. The 2010 opponents combined to post a winning percentage of .572 a year ago.

Lees-McRae and Carson-Newman were ranked No. 2 and No. 20, respectively, in the final NCAA Division II poll. Anderson (S.C.) University also landed in the national poll at No. 14 and No. 2 in the region.

King opens up the regular season Sept. 3 against Tusculum (Tenn.) College in Banner Elk, N.C. and then the Tornado play Flagler the next day, also in Banner Elk. Flagler finished last season 14-6-2 overall which led to a No. 5 rating in the NCAA Southeast Region. A trio of road matches at Anderson, Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) University and Carson-Newman faces King before the home opener on Sept. 15 against Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) University.

The Lincoln Memorial contest is the first of five straight home contests for King. The Tornado follow with matches against Virginia Intermont College, Lees-McRae, Tennessee Wesleyan College and a rematch with Carson-Newman.

Road trips to Bryan (Tenn.) College and Belmont Abbey (N.C.) College are around a three-match home stand. The first of three at Parks Field on Oct. 13 will be against Concord (W.Va.) University then contests with Mars Hill (N.C.) College and Milligan on Oct. 16 and Oct. 19, respectively.

Union (Ky.) College wraps up the home portion of the schedule on Oct. 27 then the Tornado travels to North Greenville (S.C.) University for the regular season finale on Nov. 6.

King has 12 teams from the 2009 schedule on this year's slate and the Tornado went a combined 8-6 against those teams. Overall King had a 10-8-1 record last season and reached the NCCAA Mid-East regional semifinals.

This will be King's first year as a full NCAA Division II member and the team will compete as an independent.

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Opponent

Last Meeting

Anderson

Sept. 2, 2008 (King 0, Anderson 1)

Belmont Abbey

Sept. 3, 2009 (King 5, Belmont Abbey 2)

Bryan

Nov. 2, 2009 (King 3, Bryan 2, 2OT)

Carson-Newman

Oct. 24, 2009 (King 1, Carson-Newman 3)

Concord

Sept. 15, 2009 (King 3, Concord 2)

Flagler

No Meeting since 2002

Lees-McRae

Aug. 27, 2009 (King 0, Lees-McRae 4)

Lenoir-Rhyne

Sept. 5, 2009 (King 4, Lenoir-Rhyne 3)

Lincoln Memorial

Sept. 9, 2009 (King 2, Lincoln Memorial 3)

Mars Hill

Oct. 17, 2009 (King 0, Mars Hill 1)

Milligan

Oct. 7, 2009 (King 1, Milligan 2, OT)

North Greenville

No Meeting since 2005

Tenn. Wesleyan

Oct. 21, 2009 (King 4, Tenn. Wesleyan 3, OT)

Tusculum

Sept. 2, 2003 (King 1, Tusculum 2)

Union (Ky.)

Oct. 28, 2009 (King 2, Union 1)

Va. Intermont

Oct. 3, 2009 (King 2, Va. Intermont 0)