HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Hampden-Sydney College head soccer coach Tommy DiNuzzo has announced the fall 2019 schedule that includes eight Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) games. The Tigers will play 18 games this fall, including the eight ODAC contests, with eight scheduled at home and 10 on the road.
"We couldn't be more excited for the upcoming season, and as always we are playing some of the top teams in the region," said DiNuzzo, who enters his third season at the helm of the Tigers. "With a large number of returning players we see this fall as an excellent opportunity for us, and putting together a memorable year would be an appropriate way to celebrate H-SC soccer's 50th season."
H-SC will open against Johns Hopkins University, playing in the UMW Classic in Fredericksburg on Friday, August 30, at 2:30 p.m. The Tigers fell 2-1 against the Blue Jays in last year's season opener. Action wraps up opening weekend with a contest against North Carolina Wesleyan on Saturday, August 31, at 2:30 p.m.
The Tigers play their home opener on Wednesday, September 4 against Mary Baldwin at 7 p.m. This is the first year of varsity competition for the Fighting Squirrels. H-SC returns to the road for the final tournament of the season, traveling to Haverford College in Pennsylvania for the Jimmy Mills Tournament on Sept. 7- 8. The Tigers will open with a contest against The College of New Jersey (9/7) before closing out the weekend versus host Haverford (9/8).
Returning home, the Tigers will play two of their next four games at Hellmuth-Gibson Field. Averett University visits Hampden-Sydney on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. A year ago, the Tigers won a 4-1 contest in Danville. H-SC will travel on Saturday, Sept. 14 to Buena Vista to take on the Knights of Southern Virginia at 3 p.m.
Marymount University visits campus on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. The two teams last met in 2017 with H-SC shutting out the Saints, 5-0. The Tigers will then travel to Guilford on Wednesday, Sept. 25 for their last road non-conference matchup of the season at 7 p.m. Despite the Quakers being a fellow ODAC member, the contest will not count toward the ODAC standings.
Randolph-Macon visits campus on Saturday, September 28 at 7 p.m. to open ODAC action. The match takes places on Family Weekend as the Tigers celebrate their program's 50th year of competition. Shenandoah comes to campus on Wednesday, October 2 at 7 p.m. The match with the Hornets is the second one against an ODAC member that will not count toward conference standings.
The Tigers return to ODAC action on the road starting with a trip to Bridgewater on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. The Eagles finished as ODAC Tournament runner-up a year ago. H-SC concludes the quick road swing with a visit to Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday, Oct. 9 for a 2 p.m. match.
After the pair of away contests, the Tigers return home on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. for their homecoming game against the Lynchburg. A week later on Saturday, Oct. 19, the Panthers of Ferrum College visit for a 7 p.m. ODAC contest.
H-SC will hit the road for the last time in 2019 with a pair of away ODAC matches. The Tigers will first travel to Emory & Henry on Tuesday, Oct. 22 for a 6 p.m. contest before visiting Eastern Mennonite on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.
H-SC closes out the regular season with a home game against Randolph on Tuesday, October 29 at 7 p.m.
H-SC finished 2018 with an overall record of 6-8-2, including 4-5-1 in the ODAC. The Tigers return their top goal scorer in senior Spell Carr/Clinton, N.C. The midfielder netted 21 points with seven goals and seven assists, earning Second-Team All-ODAC honors. Junior keeper Gray Sutter/Clinton, N.C. started 14 of 16 games for the Tigers a year ago with a 1.34 goals against average, including a pair of shutouts.