The Central Christian College men's and women's soccer teams, volleyball team, and men's and women's golf teams have released their schedules for the upcoming fall season. With their first season in Sooner Athletic Conference in the rear view mirror, all three Tiger head coaches are anxious to see what year two has in store for their programs.
For the men's soccer team, they are coming off a year in which they finished 10-9-1, and made it to the SAC conference playoffs. Their run at the conference championship ended with a 5-0 loss on the road to eventual NAIA national champion Wayland Baptist University.
This year's schedule includes two teams that won the national championship in their respected divisions, Wayland Baptist University winner of the NAIA competition, and Southwest Christian University back to back champions in the NCCAA.
"We always enjoy competing against the best teams", said Central head coach Aaron Hoxie. "These guys have been the standard for the last few years, so it will be a good challenge for us, and a measure of our level."
The Tigers will open their 2018 campaign on Thursday this week, on the road at Sterling College. They will play their home opener, eight days later against Presentation College, on Sept. 7. Other highlights include playing the defending NAIA national champs on homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 6, and then senior night on Oct. 20 against John Brown University.
2017 was a tough year for the Central Christian women's soccer program. After back-to-back trips to the NCCAA national tournament in 2015 & 2016, the Tigers struggled to find wins last season, finishing the year at 4-14 overall, and 1-9 in the SAC.
Coach Fogarty has added 17 new freshman with loads of offensive talent, something that was lacking in the 2017 team. Fogarty has also designed his schedule to better prepare his team for the rigors of the conference portion of the schedule. He has added games with new faces, Doane College, and Hastings University, and also added a familiar foe in Bellevue University.
Like the men, the Tiger women will kick things off this week. They too are on the road to start the season, but they will be down in Arkansas taking on Williams Baptist (Walnut Ridge) Thursday, and Central Baptist (Conway), on Saturday.
"With so many new faces to our squad, our first trip to Arkansas will be a telling one", said Fogarty. "It will be a good test to see how quickly they are fitting in and gelling with each other on the field. We've never played Williams Baptist before, so that's always fun but so is renewing an old rivalry with Central Baptist who we used to play every year in conference."
Like the Tiger men, the Central women's soccer team will host Wayland Baptist on October 6th for homecoming, and then do their senior day celebration on Oct. 20 after their game with John Brown University.
The Tiger volleyball team is looking to improve upon a 6-21 campaign, a year ago. Head coach, Jeremy Manning, in his second year at the helm is hoping to build on what the team accomplished in 2017.
This year's team has quite a few new faces, several who transferred into the program from either a community college, or another four year institution. The Tigers will jump start their season this upcoming weekend, when they head out on the road for a pair of conference matchups down in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. They will open on Friday night at Texas Wesleyan, and then finish the weekend with a match against Southwestern Assemblies of God University on Saturday.
They have one nonconference triangular match on the schedule this season. In 2 1/2 weeks, they will head north to York, Nebraska for a pair of nonconference matches. They will play Mount Marty College at 4 p.m. on Sept. 15 followed by a match with York College at 6 pm.
They have two special events on the schedule this year, both coming at the end of the season. The first is their annual "Dig Pink" night, where they wear pink to raise awareness for breast cancer. This year, the "Dig Pink" night is slated for Oct. 30 against new SAC member Langston University. Their second special event night is their senior night. This year, the Tigers will honor a pair of seniors on Nov. 3 during the match with John Brown University.
The Tiger golfers will get their season underway this week as well. They kick things off the upcoming Saturday in a dual match against Tabor College down in Hesston, Kansas. Their first tournament is slated for the following week on Monday and Tuesday at the UC Ferguson tournament, hosted by Oklahoma City University. This year's tournament is being held at Lincoln Park West in Oklahoma City.
The Tigers will also host a couple of tournaments this fall. The first is the Central Kansas Classic on Sept.10 and 11 out at Turkey Creek Golf Course. The men will play 36 holes on Monday, followed by another 18 on Tuesday while the women will play 18 holes on each day. The second tournament they are hosting is the NCCAA Central Region Tournament Sept.24 and 25. The tournament will be played at Auburn Hills Golf Course in Wichita, Kansas with the winner of the tournament getting an automatic bid to the NCCAA National Tournament in Florida at the end of the fall season.