July 21, 2010

Challenging schedule awaits soccer coach Brizard's first season at TTU

Soccer team heads into 2010 under direction of new head coach

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- With the coming season marking his head coaching debut, Tennessee Tech women’s soccer coach Daniel Brizard has announced the team’s 2010 schedule.

The Golden Eagles will take on 18 different opponents as they make their way through the challenging regular season schedule, opening the year with two exhibition matches in mid-August. The first is in Chattanooga against Alabama on Monday, Aug. 9, and the second is at home against Tennessee Wesleyan at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14. 

Tech will play six of it first regular season matches on the road, opening against 2009 NCAA Tournament participant Auburn at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 20.

“To face Auburn in the non-conference schedule is very exciting,” Brizard said. “I think it gives the team a very tough challenge early on that they should all be excited for. If you can’t get pumped to play a team like Auburn then you don’t have a pulse.”

Match-ups at UT-Chattanooga (Aug. 22) and Middle Tennessee (Aug. 29) on the last two Sundays of the month will close out August for the Golden Eagles, who will commence September with a game under the lights on Friday, Sept. 3, in Nashville on Vanderbilt’s turf at 7 p.m. 

The team will have a quick turnaround for its regular season home opener, as they’ll face UNC-Ashville on Sunday, Sept. 5, at 3 p.m., the first of seven home contests on the schedule.

Non-conference contests extend through the rest of the month, as the ladies will hit the road again or the Samford Tournament, Sept. 10-12, where they’ll take on Georgia Southern and Samford in Birmingham. Finally, they’ll return home to finish out the month with two more out of conference match-ups against Louisiana Tech at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, and Radford at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25.

“We play a very good non-conference schedule, including two quality SEC opponents in Auburn and Vanderbilt,” Brizard said. “Both teams have been very successful and have some quality national players.”

“Other teams like Samford and MTSU have both had success in their conferences and will prove to be quality opponents.”

October kicks off the Ohio Valley Conference portion of the schedule and the Golden Eagles will split the eight contests evenly between home and the road. Tech starts off the month playing on the road  during the first two weekends of the month, taking on Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky on the first weekend before visiting Murray State and UT Martin the second weekend.

The Golden Eagles get to settle in at home on the final two weekends of the month. Southeast Missouri visits on Friday, Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m., followed by Eastern Illinois on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m.  The next weekend, Jacksonville State visits on Friday, Oct. 22, at 3:30 p.m., and Austin Peay in in town on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m.

The OVC Tournament is scheduled for Nov. 4-7, at the site of the regular season champion.

“The conference schedule, for me, is very exciting,” admitted Brizard. “Conference games are about rivalries and history and nothing can match the excitement of a tight game at home or on the road with a conference opponent.”

Brizard is confident that the schedule will push the team to its greatest potential, allowing them to attain the utmost recognition within the conference and NCAA.

“I think that every team should set the goal of winning the conference and tournament titles, and earning the bid to the NCAA,” explained Brizard. “I believe with the group that is returning, including OVC Player of the Year Jen Hoffman and Freshman of the Year Kris Cambron, along with some very talented newcomers, these are all attainable goals.”