Halkett Announces 2018 Men’s Soccer Schedule

Halkett Announces 2018 Men’s Soccer Schedule

Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate head men's soccer coach Scott Halkett has announced today that the men's soccer program will play a total of 19 fixtures for the upcoming 2018 season with six taking place at County University Soccer Stadium.

The Spartans are scheduled to face eight teams that finished last season with an RPI of 100 or better and one ranked in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll (Coastal Carolina, 15).

USC Upstate officially begins its season with a pair of exhibition matches starting August 12 and its first full season in the Big South Conference slated to kick off on August 31. The Spartans will gear up for its regular season with two exhibition matches that begin on August 12 at College of Charleston followed by a home exhibition contest with Louisburg College on August 17.

"This season we play three teams that finished in the top-50 end of season NCAA rankings in 2017 and eight that finished in the top-100 so it will be a fantastic challenge for our players and our program," said Halkett. "With 15 new players and 13 returners from last year's team we will have a look of a new team. Setting and playing such a tough schedule will help this group learn and grow during this next season."

USC Upstate starts the regular season with back-to-back road matches in the state of North Carolina at N.C. State and UNC Asheville. The Spartans open their regular season on August 24 at N.C. State before traveling to UNC Asheville on August 31 for their first-ever Big South match.

USC Upstate hosts Campbell on September 4 for its first home match of the season and is one of six matches, four in conference play, scheduled for the month of September. The Spartans follow with two road contests at Gardner-Webb on September 12 and Winthrop on September 15. USC Upstate then hosts defending Big South regular season champion High Point on Sept. 18 before concluding the month in non-conference play at Stetson (September 22) and Liberty (September 25).

A total of nine matches make up the month of October for the Spartans beginning on October 2 with a home match versus Furman. After traveling to Coastal Carolina (October 6) and Mercer (October 9), USC Upstate hosts defending Big South tournament champion Presbyterian College on October 13. The Spartans then start a stretch of four consecutive road matches over a 12-day period against Longwood (October 16), South Carolina (October 20), Charlotte (October 23) and Wofford (October 27). The Spartans close out their regular season on October 31 at home against Radford.

The 2018 Big South Men's Soccer Championship will take place Nov. 4-11 and is being hosted at campus sites.

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