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The Trojans will play nine of their 18 matches in the 2012 season in Little Rock.
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Trojan Soccer Releases 2012 Schedule
UALR Sports Information
Release: 06/06/2012

LITTLE ROCK - Head soccer coach Freddy Delgado has announced his team's schedule for the upcoming 2012 season. The Trojans will play a total of 18 regular season matches, including nine at home, and will play one exhibition match at Lyon College to start the season.

In addition to its exhibition match against Lyon, UALR's slate also features matchups against in-state foes UCA, UAPB and Arkansas State. UAPB and reigning Sun Belt Conference champ FIU give the Trojans a pair of opponents coming off NCAA Tournament appearances in 2011.

The Trojans will begin their season with a trip to Batesville, Ark., on Aug. 13 to take on Lyon College in an exhibition match. UALR will then play its first official match of the season at Missouri State on Friday, Aug. 17, and follow it with a match against Austin Peay in Little Rock two days later (Aug. 19). Western Illinois comes to town one week later (Aug. 26), while the Trojans will travel to Oxford, Miss., to take on Ole Miss on Aug. 31 to round out the opening month.

Early September matchups at UCA (Sept. 5) and Louisiana Tech (Sept. 7) are followed with back-to-back home matches against UAPB (Sept. 9) and Northwestern State (Sept. 14) to conclude the Trojans' non-conference schedule. UALR heads north to take on Middle Tennessee (Sept. 21) and Western Kentucky (Sept. 23) to start league play, and then returns home for a matches against Louisiana-Lafayette (Sept. 28) and ULM (Sept. 30) as they head into October.

UALR hits the road again for an Oct. 5 date at South Alabama before playing at Troy on Oct. 7. The Trojans then play consecutive home matches against North Texas (Oct. 14) and Florida Atlantic (Oct. 18) before heading to FIU on Oct. 21. UALR plays its final regular season match at home against in-state rival Arkansas State on Oct. 26.

UALR anticipates playing its home matches at the new Recreation and Sports Complex, located at the corner of Asher and University avenues, upon its completion.

The Trojans are coming off a 7-13 season in 2011 that saw them miss the Sun Belt Tournament for the second straight year. UALR will return 13 letterwinners this year, including four seniors as they try to make it back to the Sun Belt Tournament, set for Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in Mobile, Ala.

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