Charlotte, N.C. - The defending Atlantic 10 Champion Charlotte 49ers women's soccer team, who have won four A-10 regular-season titles in the last five years, face a schedule highlighted with battles against four 2010 NCAA tournament teams and nine games at Transamerica Field. Charlotte welcomes 16 letterwinners and 10 newcomers to the 2011 roster.
The 49ers begin the season on the road in Jacksonville, Florida where they play the University of North Florida, August 19 and Jacksonville University, August 21. The Niners return home where they host Florida Gulf Coast, August 26, and Big East foe Providence, August 28, in their home opening weekend at Transamerica Field.
"I'm very excited about the type of schedule we have put together to challenge our young team for this coming season," said head coach John Cullen. "We start off with a stretch of three games to open up the season against Florida teams, which for many of our players will be a new experience. It will be an interesting start to our season to battle three teams from Florida and the style of play associated with good Florida programs."
Charlotte concludes their four-game home stand when they play in-state foes UNC Wilmington, September 2, and East Carolina, September 4, at Transamerica Field.
Then, the 49ers return to the road for four straight games. First, the 49ers battle SEC foe Tennessee, September 9, and 2010 NCAA Tournament participant Memphis, September 11, on the road. Then, the 49ers face another SEC team when they play 2010 NCAA Tournament participant South Carolina on the road, September 15. The 49ers conclude their four-game road swing at cross-county rival Davidson, September 19.
Charlotte concludes the non-conference portion of their schedule with a home game against 2010 NCAA Tournament participant High Point, September 23.
"We throw some in-state rivalries games at the beginning of and towards the end of September with UNC Wilmington, East Carolina, High Point and Davidson to challenge our team on the intensity required prior to conference play," said Cullen. "In between those in state games we have a formidable schedule where we play Tennessee, Memphis and South Carolina all which have wonderful soccer programs and have deep traditions of winning and NCCA post season play."
The Niners begin defense of their A-10 regular-season title on the road at Saint Louis, October 1. Charlotte plays Massachusetts, October 7, and Rhode Island, October 9, in their first two A-10 home games. Charlotte returns to the road at St. Bonaventure, October 14, and Duquesne, October 16. The 49ers face La Salle, October 21, and Fordham, October 23, in their two final home games. Charlotte concludes the regular-season with a two-game road trip to Ohio when they play Xavier, October 28 and Dayton, October 30.
Charlotte, who has played in four straight A-10 Tournament Championship games, return to the site of their final regular-season game when they play in the A-10 Tournament in Dayton, Ohio, November 3-6.