Soccer to Face Stiff Competition at Lynchburg Kick-Off Classic

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - The Hampden-Sydney soccer team will travel to Lynchburg, VA, this weekend to participate in the Lynchburg Kick-Off Classic. The Tigers will face stiff competition as they play Mary Washington on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Maryville (TN) on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Hampden-Sydney has started the season strong, winning their first two games by a combined score of 13-1 while having held their opponents to just 16 shots. A balanced offense thus far this season, 11 different players have scored and just one player, James Lawrence (Midlothian, VA/Midlothian) has scored two goals. In total, 14 players have already contributed at one point this season. The defense has been a big help in preventing the opponents from getting into any rhythm on offense and their ability to push the ball forward and deliver the ball into the box has been a tremendous asset to the Tiger's offense.

Mary Washington is perenially one of the top teams in the state and can often be found in the Top 25 rankings and the South Atlantic regional rankings. Last year the Eagles were ranked as high as #25 in the nation and finished the year with a 10-6-2 record. Mary Washington started a new era this year as Roy Gordon, the team's only coach since the program's inception in 1977, has retired and been replaced by Jason Kilby. UMW has started the season with a 1-1 record, defeating future Hampden-Sydney foe Greensboro College 3-1 and falling 2-1 to ODAC rival Bridgewater College.

Maryville has built a dynasty in the Great South Atlantic Conference (GSAC). Since the 2000 season, Maryville has captured the regular season title in all but one season (2003) and has won the GSAC Tournament six times. Additionally, in 2005, the Scots went to the Sweet 16. The Scots went 13-5-1 last year and 5-0 in the GSAC en route to winning the GSCA regular season and tournament championships. Maryville has gotten off to a hot start this year, defeating Rhodes 7-1 and Millsaps 3-0. The Scots return seven of their nine leading scorers from last year but are working in two new goalies this year.