Soccer Squads To Kick Off
Exhibition Seasons On Saturday 8/19/02
menís and womenís soccer teams will kick off the exhibition
portion of their 2002 schedule on August 24 when they play
a double-header at Moss Wright Soccer Complex in Goodlettsville,
Tenn. The menís team will take on Berry College at 5 p.m.,
while the women will compete against Jacksonville State at
approximately 7 p.m.
The Vikings of Berry College,
who compete at the NAIA level, finished the 2001 season with
a 17-5 overall record and 6-1 mark in the TranSouth Athletic
Conference. The Vikingsí 2001 season concluded with a 2-1
loss to Seattle University in the NAIA National Tournament.
The Gamecocks of Jacksonville
State, who compete in Atlantic Sun Conference at the Division
I level, concluded their 2001 season with a 6-10-1 overall
record and a 3-7 conference mark, which was not good enough
to make their conference tournament.
The Vanderbilt menís soccer team
is led by first-year head coach Tim McClements. The former
Southern Methodist University assistant coach and Eastern
Illinois head coach has been working feverishly since beginning
August 1. The opportunity to rebound from a 6-10-1 season
looks promising as the Commodores return 19 players from last
seasonís squad, including five of their top six scorers.
The Commodoresí womenís squad
is also looking to rebound from an injury-plagued 2001 campaign.
Second-year head coach Ronnie Hill has been preparing her
team since it arrived Tuesday, August 13. Vanderbilt finished
last season with a 7-10 overall record and a 4-5 mark in the
Southeastern Conference. Hill returns 16 players from last
year, while adding 10 freshmen and one transfer.
Both the menís and womenís teams
will play one more exhibition prior to the start of the regular
season, which kicks off on August 30 for the men (home against
Belmont) and September 1 for the women (home against Saint
Louis). The menís final scrimmage is at 1 p.m. Monday, August
26, against Union College at the University School of Nashvilleís
River Campus. The women conclude their preseason schedule
at 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, against cross-town rival Belmont.