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MOBILE, Ala.- The annual Port City Classic and a visit by NCAA Tournament participant Denver headline the 2004 University of South Alabama soccer schedule.

This year's slate includes 10 home games and eight road contests.

"I think we have a more manageable schedule this year, but it's still very competitive," said sixth-year head coach Mike Varga, whose team played three Southeastern Conference road games last year among the first 10 games. "We have a few more home games than last season. It's always good for a young team to play at home."

Following a pair of exhibition games against an alumni team (Aug. 14) and a home contest versus Auburn-Montgomery (Aug. 21), the Jags open the season on the road for the third consecutive year Aug. 27 against in-state foe Birmingham Southern, marking just the second meeting in school history. USA returns to The Cage Sept. 3-5 for the annual Port City Classic, sponsored by KELME. The Jags will battle Stetson on Sept. 3 and Tennessee-Martin on Sept. 5. Southern Mississippi will also compete in the tourney. The Jags play the first of two games against first-year programs Sept. 10 when they travel to Cleveland State. USA wraps up the Ohio swing against Toledo (Sept. 12). Eight current players, including Varga, are natives of Ohio.

"The team is really looking forward to the Ohio trip," Varga said. "Some of our players will get a chance to play close to home."

Six of the next seven games will be played at The Cage, starting on Sept. 18 against McNeese State. Southern Miss is back in Mobile (Sept. 21) to play the Jags. After a road game at Jacksonville State (Sept. 26), the Jags will close out the homestand with four consecutive matches, including the Oct. 1 Sun Belt opener against Louisiana-Lafayette. Mississippi Valley State (Oct. 3), Florida International (Oct. 8) and first-year program Louisiana Tech (Oct. 10) are the others. USA will play four of its final six games on the road, all conference matches. The Jags make an Arkansas swing Oct. 15-17 to play Arkansas-Little Rock and Arkansas State before coming back to Mobile to play two-time defending SBC champ Denver (Oct. 22) and league-power North Texas (Oct. 24). The Jags finish the regular season at Middle Tennessee (Oct. 29) and Western Kentucky (Oct. 31). The eight-team Sun Belt Tournament will be held Nov. 3-6 in Miami.

The Jags return nine starters and 13 letterwinners from last season's 6-12-3 team, including all-conference performers Amber Angermeier (goalkeeper) and Rebecca Kahn (midfielder).

2004 South Alabama Jaguars Soccer Schedule:
August – 14 Alumni Game (Exh.); 21 Auburn-Montgomery (Exh.); 27 at Birmingham Southern.
September – 3 Stetson (KELME Port City Classic); 5 Tennessee-Martin (KELME Port City Classic); 10 at Cleveland State; 12 at Toledo; 18 McNeese State; 21 Southern Mississippi; 26 at Jacksonville State.
October – 1 Louisiana-Lafayette; 3 Mississippi Valley State; 8 Florida International; 10 Louisiana Tech; 15 at Arkansas-Little Rock; 17 at Arkansas State; 22 Denver; 24 North Texas; 29 at Middle Tennessee; 31 at Western Kentucky.
November – 3-6 at Sun Belt Conference Soccer Tournament (Miami, Fla.).

<a href='http://www.southalabama.edu/athletics/pressrelease/2004/07/release12soc.html' target='_blank'>LINK</a>
07-15-2004 07:49 PM
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