2019 Women's Soccer Season Preview

2019 Women's Soccer Season Preview
The Oglethorpe women's soccer team returns to the field this weekend, with a neutral-site game on Friday and their home opener on Tuesday at the Oglethorpe Track and Field. 
The Stormy Petrels look to improve on their 4-12-1 overall record and 1-5-1 SAA mark from the 2018 season, and will start the season with a challenging set of games leading into their October conference slate. 
They'll return 13 players from the 2018 squad and will welcome 14 newcomers into the mix. The group of returners served as part of a team that defeated Wesleyan, Brevard, LaGrange, and SAA foe Millsaps in 2018, and who played an outstanding game against No. 2 seed Rhodes in the first round of the SAA tournament before falling 1-0 to the Lynx in Memphis, Tennessee. 
To start the 2019 season, the Petrels travel to Westfield, Indiana, to take on Benedictine (Illinois) in a neutral-site contest at the Grand Park Sports Campus Friday at 7 p.m. After that, they'll return home for their home opener against Allen Tuesday at 5 p.m. from the Oglethorpe Track and Field. 
The squad then travels south to take on LaGrange on Sept. 6, then heads northeast to Demorest to battle Averett as part of Piedmont's Bradford Classic on Sept. 8. They'll return home after that for three straight non-conference home games against Bob Jones, Huntingdon and Agnes Scott on Sept. 13, 15 and 18, respectively. A trip down to Macon to take on Wesleyan on Sept. 22 rounds out the pre-SAA portion of the schedule.
The Petrels host a Centre team that came in at ninth on the D3soccer.com preseason rankings at the Oglethorpe Track and Field on Sept. 27. A quick duck back out of SAA play to take on Covenant on the road and Talladega College at home will be followed by a trip to Tennessee to go against Sewanee on Oct. 5. Oglethorpe hosts Birmingham-Southern and Millsaps the weekend of Oct. 11 and 13 before going back on the road to take on Rhodes on Oct. 18 and Hendrix on Oct. 20. They'll return home for the final game of the regular season against Berry on Oct. 26.
The SAA tournament will run on consecutive weekends, with the first round being hosted by the top four conference seeds on Nov. 2 and the final two rounds taking place on the field of the highest remaining seed on Nov. 8 and 10.