HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA (June 12, 2008)—Following a season in which Head Coach Josh Laux and his Soccer Tigers maneuvered rather successfully through one of the toughest schedules in the nation, an experienced Hampden-Sydney side is set to take on another challenging slate in 2008. The Tigers recently released their 18-match schedule for the upcoming season, which features 11 home contests, two classic weekends and road dates with USA South powerhouse Greensboro, the last two ODAC Champions (Lynchburg, Roanoke) and arch-rival Randolph-Macon.
Hampden-Sydney will open the season with the annual Arby's/Hampden-Sydney Soccer Classic featuring Hampden-Sydney and ODAC companion Lynchburg College squaring off with Mountain State and Shenandoah University on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31. The following weekend, the Tigers will host another classic, the Arby's Tiger Invitational, welcoming conference partner Eastern Mennonite, Washington College and Ferrum College to Miller Field for a pair of matches on September 6 and 7.
After battling several high-quality opponents on the road last season, Hampden-Sydney will host a number of pivotal conference match ups in 2008. The Tigers amassed a blistering 9-1-1 home mark in 2007, are 24-4-4 in the friendly confines of Miller Field over the past three seasons, and hope to use their superior home field advantage against worthy conference foes Virginia Wesleyan (Sept. 27) and Washington and Lee (Oct. 22).
The Tigers return all 11 starters to the pitch in 2008 and are poised to build off the incredible momentum of 2007 which saw Hampden-Sydney drop just two matches in their final 15 contests. All six All-ODAC performers from 2007 return, including senior captains Jason Butler (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) and Jason Powell (Marietta, GA/Pope). Butler and Powell will team up with senior midfielder Michael Krewinghaus (Yorktown, VA/Tabb) and senior goalkeeper Ben Marchetti (Richmond, VA/Benedictine) to lead the troops toward what Laux hopes is the first ODAC Championship in program history.