Rams Men's Soccer announces tough 2012 Fall season schedule and fixtures
Four-2011 nationally-ranked teams highlight the Rams 2012 season in the Fall
Sports Information Department BC
April 10, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bluefield, Virginia- The Bluefield College Athletics department and men's soccer program officiailly announces its 2012 fall season campaign in its first-ever season competing at the NAIA Division I level within the Mid-South Conference.
The Rams will play a twenty-game schedule including two preseason scrimmages and 18 regular season matches between August and November excluding postseason play.
Bluefield, who won the most games in its program's history in 2011, will look to continue its record-breaking in twenty-twelve when the team opens play up in mid-August in the Midwest in their preseason camp.
The Rams will open with Trinity International on August 15 during their preaseason camp while in Chicago, Illinois. The home of Bluefield's 2012 camp, the Rams will train, compete and partake in team-building activities while on their annual trip prior to the beginning of the season.
Followed by many days in Chicago for camp, Bluefield will then travel to play its second and final scrimmage against Grace College (Ind.) on Saturday, August 18. The Lancers finished with a record-breaking season as well- marking its first NCCAA National Championship appearance in more than a decade.
Upon returning from Illinois and Indiana, Bluefield will have another week of full preparation before its regular season opener against Truett-McConnell (Georgia) on August 28. Following the first away match, the Rams will open its home campaign against NCAA Division II side, Chowan University, on August 30th at East River.
Before two home matches, Bluefield will then travel down to South Carolina to take on its toughest non-conference opponent, Southern Wesleyan on Monday, September 3rd. It'll be the second season in a row that the Rams will travel to the Upstate area to take on opponents. SWU finished the season nationally-ranked, while knocking off the previous #1-ranked team in the US, University of Mobile, last season.
The Rams will setup their first conference season schedule in the Mid-South by playing two more non-conference games at home versus to NCAA schools in Concord University (DII) and Ferrum College (DIII) during the first week of September (6th and 8th). These are two similar opponents for Bluefield from the 2011 campaign, and Bluefield shut both teams out with a combined scored of 4-0.
The 2012 season will include a star-studded incoming Freshman class but it will also include several key returning players as Bluefield only graduated one player off their current roster.
Offensively, the Rams will look to Jacob Mader (11g, 3a) and Pedro Frazillio (7g, 4a) for contribution in the attack while asking for Junior MF Dan Turpin (3g, 8a) to anchor the midfield by providing nice distribution.
In the offseason, the Rams restocked on all areas and will look to improve the already solid defense from a season ago. Returning players such as Gunn, Snow, Wall and Stanley will be crucial for the switch to an even more competitive league.
The Rams will open their Mid-South Conference season in mid-September when they travel to the University of the Cumberlands on September 12th. The Patriots, in 2011, at one time were ranked in the top 15 in the national polls before dropping late in the season.
Just a week later, Bluefield will again travel for what is expected to be the Rams most highly-anticipated matches of the season when they kick-off against defending and nine-time NAIA national champions, Lindsey Wilson College, for a midweek game on Wednesday, September 19th at 7:00pm.
In 2011, Lindsey Wilson went undefeated at 23-0 after beating 2010 Champions Hastings College, in the National Championship, 3-2.
Coach Dryer's side will continue its road trip when they face two non-conference opponents in West Virginia Tech and Columbia International on the 22nd and 24th.
The men's team will finally return home right before Fall Break to host to Mid-South matches when they host Cumberland University and Georgetown. The Rams will look to snag two victories in the winning column against the two teams who finished on the lower-half of the conference standings in 2011.
The month of October will find the Rams splitting games at home and on the road, as all but one of their contests in October will be in conference play.
They will play Pikeville (Ky.) and Campbellsville (Ky.) on October 10 and 16th on the road before hosting two big matches at East River. Those two matches will be against Shawnee State (Ohio) who finished 4th in the final Mid-South standings in 2011.
The second and final match at home is also a conference match against last year's #2-ranked team in the nation, University of Rio Grande. Bluefield will host Scott Morrisey's Red Storm on October 24 in the conference finale of the 2012 fall season.
The Rams will finish up their regular season on the road just as they started season when they travel to incoming AAC-member, St. Andrews College (North Carolina) on October 30th.
With a strong finish to the 2012 season, the Rams will look to advance into the Mid-South Conference Tournament in its first season, which starts on November 3.
Be sure to stay up to date with Rams Soccer by following BC Athletics @BluefieldRams, Coach Dryer @BluefieldSoccer and Assistant Coach Neidig @ChaseNeidig.
Official Schedule can be found at the following link here.