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Carroll Announces Inaugural Men's Soccer Schedule

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HELENA - The 2014 Carroll College Men’s Soccer Schedule has been released and the Fighting Saints are set to play 17 regular season matches (and one exhibition), with six conference matches.

The upcoming season is Carroll College’s first in competition for the recently formed men’s program headed up by veteran coach Doug Mello.

The Fighting Saints program was faced with compiling a full schedule under time constraints, but was able to put together dates with many strong teams from around the surrounding areas. 

“It’s a very ambitious schedule, I’m happy that we have 18 matches to prepare for the NAIA playoffs.  We do jump into it heavily during the month of August, which for a young team trying to build chemistry that will be tough for us,” Mello said. 

Women’s coach David Thorvilson was instrumental in making contacts to help put together a schedule for the first-year program as a head-coaching search was conducted.

“Dave did a great job, it’s a first-year schedule, and you have to take the lumps of going on the road a lot.  In the games we have at home, this year will give the community a chance to get a flavor of what we have to offer and we will build on that in the future,” Mello added.

Carroll’s schedule is littered with road tests as schedule, will again play 12 of their 17 matches away from Nelson Stadium.

Carroll will face tough competition in their non-conference action, as the Saints will have matches in six different states.   A solid mix of NCAA Division II schools as well as Frontier Conference and NAIA teams will provide the new program with numerous challenges.

“We’re traveling around and get to see some of the country, our recruits know that we have a tough schedule that will be challenging, but there are winnable games and we look forward to getting to work,” Mello said.

The Fighting Saints will play an exhibition with Sheridan Community College in Helena on Aug. 15, but Carroll’s official home opener is not until Sept. 6 against the University of Great Falls.

The Fighting Saints will wrap up the regular season against Rocky Mountain College on Oct. 17.

The path to the postseason for the NAIA National Tournament will be determined later this summer as only conferences with six or more teams are eligible for an automatic birth, in past seasons, the Fighting Saints played in an unaffiliated tournament for the right to compete at the national tournament.

The schedule for both the Carroll men and women are listed below. Home games are listed in Bold.

Carroll Men's Soccer Inaugural Schedule

Friday, August 15                        Sheridan Community College #                     Helena, MT                          4:00pm

Thursday, August 21                   Westminster College                                       SLC, UT                                TBD

Friday, August 22                        Bethesda Christian                                          SLC, UT                                TBD                      

Sunday, August 24               Montana State University Billings        Billings, MT                          2:00pm

Saturday, August 30             Morningside College                           Jamestown, ND                    3:00pm

Sunday, August 31                Jamestown College                            Jamestown, ND                    3:00pm

Monday, September 1           Presentation College                          Aberdeen, SD                       3:00pm 

Saturday, September 6        University of Great Falls               Helena, MT                          3:30pm 

Saturday, September 13         Rocky Mountain College                  Billings, MT                          2:00pm 

Thursday, September 18       Walla Walla University                   Helena, MT                          4:00pm

Saturday, September 27           University of Great Falls                 Great Falls, MT                    3:00pm

Sunday, September 28            Trinity Lutheran                           Helena, MT                          1:00pm

Saturday, October 4                     Jamestown College                      Denver, CO                           3:00pm

Sunday, October 5                      Johnson & Wales University           Denver, CO                           2:00pm

Saturday, October 11                Westminster College                   Helena, MT                          Noon

Friday, October 17                    Rocky Mountain College            Helena, MT                          1:30pm

Saturday, October 25                  Trinity Lutheran College                 Walla Walla, WA                 7:30pm

Sunday, October 26                     Walla Walla University                   Walla Walls, WA                 1:00pm

Carroll Women's Soccer 2014 Schedule

Friday, August 15               Sheridan Community College#                        Helena, MT                          2:00pm

Saturday, August16              University of Montana #                                    Missoula, MT                       1:00pm  

Friday, August 22                 College of Idaho                                                 Caldwell, ID                          Noon

Saturday, August 23             Northwest Nazarene University                        Napa, ID                               11:00am                              

Friday, August 29                  University of Lethbridge                                 Helena, MT                          3:00pm

Saturday, August 30              Mount Royal College                                        Helena, MT                          5:00pm

Sunday, August 31                 Evergreen College                                             Helena, MT                          2:00pm

Sunday, September 7             Trinity Luther College                                     Helena, MT                          Noon

Friday, September 12               Northwest University                                          Kirkland, WA                       TBD

Sunday, September 14             Evergreen College                                                Tacoma, WA                        11:00am

Saturday, September 20          University of Great Falls                                 Helena, MT                          2:00pm

Sunday, September 28               Rocky Mountain College                                   Billings, MT                          1:00pm

Saturday, October 4          Jamestown College                              Denver, CO               1:00pm

Sunday, October 5                      Johnson & Wales University                             Denver, CO                           Noon

Saturday, October 11                  University of Texas-Dallas                                Richardson, TX                    7:00pm

Monday, October 13                   TEXAS A&M-Texarkana                                  Texarkana, TX                    TBD

Friday, October 17                      Rocky Mountain College                                 Helena, MT                          3:30pm

Sunday, October 19                    Westminster College (Senior Day)                Helena, MT                          1:00pm

Sunday, October 26                      Westminster College                                           Salt Lake City, UT              Noon

Sunday, November 2                    University of Great Falls                                    Great Falls, MT                    TBD

Saturday, November                     Unaffiliated Tournament                                  TBD                                       TBD

Saturday, November                      First Round National Tournament                   TBD                                       TBD

Mon.-Sat., December                     NAIA National Tournament                             Orange Beach, AL               TBD

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