by Doug Page
WILSON, N.C. – The 2018 schedule for the Barton College men's soccer team will feature a challenging pre-season slate along with a regular-season of matches that will see the program continue to grow.
"We are excited about the opportunity that our 2018 season brings," said head coach Ian McMichael, who is entering his second season as the leader of the Bulldogs. " We see this an opportunity to continue to improve and grow our program."
Barton will have eight home matches at the BC Outdoor Athletic Complex, with the Bulldogs hosting North Carolina Wesleyan College in an exhibition matchup on Tues., Aug 21 at 7 p.m.
"We've set up a challenging pre-season to really test our team and find areas where we'll need to focus on improving throughout the season," noted McMichael. "We also like that we open conference play at home and we are hopeful to build a lot of support in the stands for that date."
The Bulldogs will hit the road for 11 matches in 2018, including a pair of exhibition matchups against NCAA Division I member, Longwood University in Farmville, Va. and NCAA Division II member, Queens University of Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C.
Barton will begin the regular-season on Thursday, Aug. 30, in Salisbury, N.C., against Catawba College. BC opens the home portion of its schedule on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Coker College at 7 p.m.
Following a trip to Richmond, Va. to face the University of the District of Columbia, Barton will open Conference Carolinas action against Belmont Abbey College on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 4 p.m.
BC will also play host to league members Southern Wesleyan University (Sept. 15), North Greenville University (Sept. 22), Chowan University (Oct. 9), and Lees-McRae College on Saturday, Oct. 20 as part of Barton Homecoming.
BC will close out the year on the road, making visits to rival University of Mount Olive on October 23 at 7:30 p.m. and King University on October 26 at 3 p.m.
The opening round of the conference tournament is set to take place on October 29, and Barton hopes to qualify after just missing out last season. The Bulldogs earned spots in the 2016 and 2015 tourneys after advancing to the semifinals in 2014 as the third seed. BC, who was nationally ranked at the time defeated Erskine in a quarterfinal matchup, 4-2.
"We love working and giving back to the community of Wilson and we want to build an even stronger relationship with the community at our games," said McMichael. "We will be striving to play a style that is entertaining, industrious, and team-orientated which I feel is a style our community can be proud of and support. We invite the community, our alumni, and our student body to come support our team this fall season."
NOTE: The 2018 Barton College men's soccer schedule is subject to change. Fans are encouraged to check the men's soccer schedule page on www.BartonBulldogs.com throughout the season to confirm dates, times and locations.