FULTON, Miss. (WTVA/ICC Athletics) – After the teams reported for preseason camps on Sunday, Coach David Strother and Coach Mike Sullivan announced the ICC soccer schedules for the upcoming 2018 season. The 18-game slate proves to be another challenging one as the Lady Indians and Indians will take on four teams that advanced to the postseason last season.
The Indians will open their season with a friendly at Bethel University on August 15 before being joined by the Lady Indians at Pearl River on August 22 to open the regular season before hosting August 24 Southwest Mississippi for their home opener.
ICC will host back-to-back division matches against Hinds and Northwest before wrapping up the first half of division play against Holmes Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland. October will feature four-straight division matches when the Indians host East Central before hitting the road against Hinds and Northwest. ICC will wrap up division play in Fulton against Holmes.
Other non-division matches for the Lady Indians, who set the record for most wins (10) and hosted their first-ever home playoff match last season, include: Southwest Tennessee, Motlow State (Tenn.), Columbia State (Tenn.), Meridian, St. Charles (Tenn.), and Pearl River.
For the Indians, non-division matches include: a home-and-away series with Andrew (Ga.), Jones County, Meridian and return trips from Bethel and Pearl River.
ICC will wrap up the regular season against Pearl River on October 15. Select matches will be available on LetsGoICCTV.com/RED throughout the season.
Visit the men’s and women’s soccer pages on LetsGoICC.com for the complete 2018 schedules.
The opening round of the MACJC playoffs is scheduled for October 18 with the No. 2 seeds hosting the No. 3 seeds for the right to advance to the semifinals on October 20. The host site for the 2018 MACJC Soccer Tournament will be the South Division’s regular season women’s champion. The championship game is set for October 21.
There is a new and interesting twist to the 2018 region playoffs with LSU-Eunice starting soccer this season.
If LSU-Eunice qualifies for postseason play, there will be a NJCAA Region 23 Tournament hosted by the MACJC Tournament champion on October 27-28. The tournament runner-up will face LSU-Eunice in the semifinals with the tournament champion getting a bye into the championship match. If LSU-Eunice fails to qualify for the postseason, there will not be a region tournament and the MACJC Tournament champion will be the NJCAA Region 23 champion.