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LAKELAND, Fla.- Southeastern University women’s soccer head coach Randy Belli has announced the 2019 regular season schedule. The schedule features six teams that finished 2018 ranked or receiving votes in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.
The Fire are coming off a 2018 campaign in which they set new single-season program records for goals scored (116), assists (106), wins (20), and shutouts (16). Additionally, Southeastern advanced all the way to the NAIA National Tournament Semifinals, the farthest the SEU women’s soccer program has ever made it to on the national stage.
“As our program has grown, we have continued to look for more challenging matches to prepare us to achieve our goals,” shared head coach Randy Belli. “Five top 25 teams and two Division I’s will prepare us for the Sun Conference and a postseason run.”
Before regular season play commences, SEU is set to compete in a pair of NCAA Division I exhibitions in Jacksonville on August 15 and 17. Southeastern will take on Atlantic Sun members Jacksonville and then North Florida in its two preseason matches.
Southeastern begins the 2019 regular season on the road for a pair of matches against teams from the Heart of America Athletic Conference. First, the Fire head to Atchison, Kansas on Thursday August 22 to take on the Benedictine College Ravens. Benedictine advanced to the Round of 16 at the Final Site in Orange Beach last season and finished ranked No. 5 nationally.
The Fire then drive over to Springfield, Missouri on Saturday August 24 to take on Evangel University.
Southeastern opens up play at the SEU Soccer Complex on Thursday September 5 at 7:30 p.m. against the University of Northwest Ohio from the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. UNO advanced to the Opening Round in 2018 and finished ranked No. 18 in the Coaches’ Poll.
Three days later, the Fire welcome Grace College from the Crossroads League. Grace turned in a 20-4 2018 campaign and finished ranked No. 16 in the nation.
SEU then hits the road again for a pair of matches against sides from the Appalachian Athletic Conference. First, the Fire head to Cleveland, Georgia on Saturday September 7 to take on Truett McConnell, the program Southeastern defeated 4-0 in the 2018 Opening Round. Then, the Fire head up to South Carolina for a contest against Columbia International two days later.
The Fire conclude non-conference play with a two-match set at home. SEU hosts Brewton-Parker College from the Southern States Athletic Conference on Saturday September 14. SEU then welcomes Hope International University from the Golden State Athletic Conference on Wednesday September 18. HIU competed in the 2018 Opening Round and finished ranked No. 25 in the NAIA.
The 2018 Sun Conference Regular Season Co-Champions open up TSC play with a three-match home stand. On Wednesday September 25, SEU takes on Polk County rival Warner. Three days later, Ave Maria comes to the SEU Soccer Complex. Southeastern concludes the home stand with a match-up versus Johnson & Wales on Wednesday October 5.
On Wednesday October 9, the Fire trek over to Babson Park to face Webber International.
On Wednesday October 16, SEU takes on Keiser in West Palm Beach in a match that has determined who sits atop the TSC standings each of the previous three seasons. Keiser was the 2018 NAIA National Runner-Up.
Southeastern returns home briefly on Saturday October 19 for a contest against Florida Memorial which will be set aside as Senior Night before a two-match set on the road against Thomas on Wednesday October 23 and St. Thomas on Saturday October 26.
The Fire take on SCAD in their regular season home finale on Wednesday October 30. SEU wraps up the 2019 regular season in Bluffton, South Carolina at USCB on Saturday November 2.
Be sure to follow @SEUFireWSoccer on Twitter for all of the latest updates on Fire soccer as the 2019 season approaches.