06/23/06 — CVAC men's, women's soccer tournament coming to MOC

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CVAC men's, women's soccer tournament coming to MOC

By MOC Sports Information
Published in Sports on June 23, 2006 2:13 PM

Mount Olive will play host to the semifinal and championship rounds of the 2006 Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Men's and Women's Soccer Tournaments, it was announced by Director of Athletics Jeff Eisen.

The women's soccer semifinals and final take place Oct. 27-28, while the men's soccer championships are slated for Oct. 28-29 at Trojan Field.

The top eight teams in the final regular season standings qualify for the CVAC Tournament, with the top four seeds playing host to first-round matches.

The first round of the women's soccer tournament gets under way Oct. 24, followed by the start of the men's soccer tournament Oct. 25.

Mount Olive captured both the men's and women's soccer championships in 2004 and the Trojans returned to the championship match of the women's soccer tournament in 2005, finishing as runners-up.

The CVAC Tournament begins a week earlier than normal due to the inaugural NCAA Division II Fall Sports Festival Nov. 17-19 at Pensacola, Fla. The NCAA II Men's and Women's Soccer Tournaments begin Nov. 2. The CVAC Tournament champions do not earn an automatic bid.

The Trojan men's soccer team kicks off its season Aug. 26-27 by playing host to the Mount Olive College Invitational, sponsored by Sleep Inn. Lander and St. Andrews return to the tournament for the second consecutive year and will be joined by North Georgia. Mount Olive won both of its matches at last year's tournament, including a 3-2 overtime win over eventual national quarterfinalist Lander.

In addition to the MOC Invitational, the Trojans have 10 regular season home matches, five of which are conference matches. Non-conference opponents include UNC Pembroke, which reached the national semifinals in 2004.

The Mount Olive women's soccer team also begins its season Aug. 26 as the Trojans play their first three matches on the road, including an Aug. 29 contest at Division I South Carolina State. The Trojans kick off their home campaign Sept. 1-2 playing host to the Mount Olive College Women's Soccer Invitational featuring Barton, Catawba and Southern Virginia.

Six of the Trojans' remaining seven regular season home matches are against CVAC opponents. Six home dates are women's and men's soccer doubleheaders and Sept. 2 features a rare tripleheader with the Trojans' men's soccer contest against USC-Aiken sandwiched in between two matches in the MOC Women's Soccer Invitational.

Both the men's and women's soccer teams play their final two regular season matches at home, Oct. 18 against Barton and Oct. 21 against Erskine.

Mount Olive men's soccer finished with a record of 11-6-2 overall in 2005 and tied for third in the CVAC standings with a 6-3-1 mark. The Trojans were ranked as high as No. 7 in the Adidas/NSCAA Division II Top 25.

Mount Olive women's soccer posted a 14-9-0 record overall and finished fourth in the CVAC standings with a record of 8-3-0. The Trojans are seeking their third consecutive trip to the CVAC Tournament championship match.

MOC names

head trainer

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mike Ingle has been named as head athletic trainer at Mount Olive, it was announced Wednesday by Director of Athletics Jeff Eisen. Ingle begins his second stint at Mount Olive, having served as assistant athletic trainer during the 2004-05 academic year.

Ingle has spent the past year working at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga., performing duties in the fields of health risk management and sports performance. Prior to originally coming to Mount Olive, he served as a graduate assistant at University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, where he earned his master's degree.

"Mike was very popular with our student-athletes and coaches when he was here previously, and we look forward to him rejoining us," said Eisen. "His combination of expertise in athletic training and strength and conditioning will undoubtedly enhance our athletics program."

Ingle replaces Crystal Langston, who resigned in May after four years at Mount Olive, the last 21/2 as head athletic trainer.

"I am excited to be back at Mount Olive," said Ingle. "I will work hard to ensure that the student-athletes continue to receive the best care and attention possible."

Ingle will work with assistant athletic trainer Stephanie Burdette, who came to Mount Olive in January. A second assistant is expected to be added soon.

Ingle begins his duties in early August. He and his wife Hope have a two-year-old son, Finley.