The 2005 Big South Conference defending champion Liberty women's soccer team will be on the road aplenty in 2006, as head coach James Price announced the completion of his schedule.
This ambitious schedule includes two home scrimmages, ten matches on the road, five at home, and one neutral contest. One non-conference opponent, Howard, will play at Liberty Soccer Field on October 9, a return-game of the victorious trip the Lady Flames took to Washington D.C., last October.
Liberty's pre-season includes two scrimmages, both at Liberty Soccer Field, against Concord College (WV) and Lynchburg College on August 19 and 21, respectively. The season officially begins against Longwood on August 25 with the first of the Lady Flames' ten away matches.
The next match, two days later on August 27, will be played in Charlottesville, where the Lady Flames record seven-game win streak of last season came to a close in the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Cavaliers of Virginia are one of two foes from last year's NCAA tournament whom the Lady Flames will meet on the pitch in 2006.
The schedule also features a road trip through the state of Arkansas during the first weekend in September, where the Lady Flames will take on NAIA member John Brown University before taking on the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks two days later.
The following weekend, the Lady Flames take part the Virginia Tech Tournament in Blacksburg. Opening the tournament on September 8, Liberty will face Wake Forest, the Lady Flames other NCAA Tournament opponent. The Lady Flames will then close the four-team tournament against the Hokies on September 10. In-state rival Old Dominion welcomes Liberty on September 18 to conclude the road portion of the non-conference schedule.
The home schedule is highlighted by the visits of four conference rivals, beginning with Charleston Southern on September 16 in the conference opener. High Point, UNC Asheville, and Birmingham-Southern will also make the trek to Lynchburg. UNCA was last year's Big South Conference regular season champion, with the Lady Flames topping them, 3-0, in the Big South tournament championship game, the Lady Flames' third Big South championship in school history.
The rest of the 2006 Big South schedule includes road trips to Coastal Carolina, VMI, Radford, and the season finale at Winthrop.
Coastal Carolina hosts the 2006 Big South Championship in Conway, S.C., November 2-5.