by Benny Benton
WILSON, N.C. – The 2018 schedule for the Barton College women's soccer team is a special one, as it represents the 25th season of the program.
Those who paved the way for the program will be remembered throughout the year, with a special event planned around the October 20 game with Lees-McRae College during Homecoming Weekend.
"We look forward to celebrating the program's past and present success throughout the fall," said head coach Thomas Goines, who is entering his fourth season as leader of the Lady Bulldogs. "We will be inviting our alumni back for homecoming to reconnect and recognize the contributions of all our former players who have helped build this program."
Barton has just five regular-season home matches on the schedule this year. However, those five opponents joined the Lady Bulldogs in making up seeds two through seven in last year's Conference Carolinas Tournament, so fans will get to see some quality play at the Barton Outdoor Athletic Complex. BC will also host all four of its preseason scrimmage and exhibition matches.
The Lady Bulldogs will play 12 matches on the road, including a September 29 contest in Gaffney, S.C., against defending league champion Limestone College.
Barton will begin the regular-season on Thursday, Aug. 30, in Hartsville, S.C., against Coker College, the start of a five-match road swing. BC will face host Catawba College and Mars Hill University in the Catawba Classic on September 7 and 9, respectively, and open the league campaign at Converse College on September 11
The Lady Bulldogs will make their first regular-season home appearance on Saturday, Sept. 15, against Southern Wesleyan University. Barton will also host North Greenville University, Belmont Abbey College, Chowan University in addition to the homecoming game with LMC.
BC will close out the year on the road, making visits to rival University of Mount Olive on October 23 and King University on October 26.
The first round of the conference tournament will take place on October 30, and Barton hopes to qualify for a sixth straight season. The Lady Bulldogs earned spots in the 2016 and 2017 tourneys after placing fifth in the regular-season standings, the program's highest finish in back-to-back seasons since 2007 and 2008.
"The 2018 schedule will challenge our girls," Goines said. "We have many quality opponents, and we will be tested often to perform in away matches. We are excited for the opportunity in front of us this year. Overall, this is a fun year to be a part of Barton College women's soccer."
NOTE: The 2018 Barton College women's soccer schedule is subject to change. Fans are encouraged to check the women's soccer schedule page on www.BartonBulldogs.com throughout the season to confirm dates, times and locations.