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Men's Soccer Set to Kick Off 2014-15 Athletic Season on Thursday

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The Catawba College men’s soccer team will kick off the 2014-15 athletic season on Thursday night at the renovated Frock Soccer Complex as they will host Lees-McRae at 7:30 pm.  The game is part of a doubleheader with Newberry taking on Francis Marion at 5 pm.  A brief reopening ceremony will take place prior to the Catawba match.

Catawba is coming off an 8-8-1 campaign in 2013 and finished eighth in the South Atlantic Conference.  The team was picked ninth in this year’s preseason coaches’ poll.  The Indians placed junior Kenny Bonilla and sophomore Declan Stimson on the preseason all-conference team.

Thursday will mark the sixth meeting with Lees-McRae in men’s soccer.  Catawba holds a 3-2 edge in the series, outscoring the Bobcats 21-4.  Lees-McRae has won the previous two encounters, 1-0 in 2012 and 3-2 in 2001.  The 2012 match was here at Catawba.  The Indians dominated the three matches in the early 90s, winning 6-0, 5-0 and 11-0.

The Indians continue a long home stand on Saturday against Francis Marion.  Catawba plays its first five matches of the season at the Frock and seven of the eight matches in September are at home.

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