NASHVILLE, Tenn. – First-year head coach Kevin O’Brien has released the 2012 schedule for the Lipscomb women’s soccer program, and it will include nine home matches for the upcoming season.
“The first part of the season is all about cohesiveness and coming together as a group,” O’Brien said. “Until you play an opponent that gives you a different look than your squad, you really can’t focus on what you need to work on. That first non-conference part of the schedule will be for honing and fine-tuning.”
The Lady Bisons kick off the preseason schedule with an alumni game at 6 p.m., Aug. 4.
The regular season begins with “Battle of the Boulevard” match-up at Belmont, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. at E.S. Rose Park. The Lady Bisons earned the programs first-ever win against the Lady Bruins last season.
Lipscomb opens the home schedule Aug. 17 with a 7 p.m. tilt against Jackson State before taking off for three straight road matches at Xavier (Aug. 20), Central Arkansas (Aug. 24) and Austin Peay (Aug. 28).
The Lady Bisons return home Aug. 31 for a 7 p.m. game against Tennessee Chattanooga and follow with a match against NAIA foe Trevecca, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.
A quick two-game roadie gets Lipscomb through the middle of September on trips to Tennessee Martin (Sept. 9) and Alabama State (Sept. 14).
After returning from that trip, Lipscomb will have a three-game home stand against Tennessee Tech (Sept. 17, 7 p.m.) and the Atlantic Sun-opening weekend against North Florida (Sept. 21, 7 p.m.) and Jacksonville (Sept. 23, 1 p.m.).
Lipscomb’s first A-Sun road trip of the season takes the Lady Bisons to Florida for match-ups against defending champion Florida Gulf Coast (Sept. 28) and Stetson (Sept. 30).
The Lady Bisons host Mercer (Oct. 5, 7 p.m.) and Kennesaw State (Oct. 7, 1 p.m.) before hitting the road again for USC Upstate (Oct. 12) and ETSU (Oct. 14). The Lady Bisons defeated Upstate for their first A-Sun victory in 2011.
Lipscomb closes out the regular season by hosting Northern Kentucky, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.
“There’s been lots of change within the conference,” O’Brien said. “I’ll rely on seniority to a degree but the players that produce will be the ones on the field. I’m looking for the best players to show up each week in training.
“I hope that the girls pick up where they left off in the spring. We beat a great SEC program in Vanderbilt in the spring and my hope is that the confidence they built then will carry into this season. We’ll have new players to get assimilated so preseason will be vital to the success we’re ultimately hoping to have.”