WATERTOWN, Wis. -- The Maranatha Athletic Department has released the 2020 Men's Soccer schedule, as a balanced squad of new and returning student-athletes will look to return to the NCCAA DII National Tournament.
Last year, the team returned to the NCCAA DII National Tournament for the first time in five years, only to be knocked out of pool play by the #1-seeded Randall University Saints and the eventual national champions, Pensacola Christian. Despite the losses, the nationals appearance was a hard-earned milestone for the team, who represented the strongest region at the NCCAA DII level since 2010.
This year, the team returns some key starters, but will will have to fill some gaping holes in the lineup, as the team had an unusual 14 graduates last season.
Here's a quick look at the key games in the 2020 season:
|Sept. 5||at Ripon||Season Opener|
|Sept. 11||vs Beloit||Home Opener|
|Sept. 29||vs Emmaus||NCCAA North Region|
|Oct. 2||at Northland||First meeting since '93|
|Oct. 17||vs Moody Bible (Parents' Day)||NCCAA North Region|
|Nov. 5-7||NCCAA North Region Tournament||Tournament hosts|
|Nov 18-21||NCCAA DII National Tournament||Kissimmee, Fla.|
Jeff Pill will return as the head coach, leading both the Men's and the Women's Team. Taylor Pill will fill in as the associate head coach for the Men's Team and Kevin Risma and Dr. Lane Hansel will be the assistant coaches.
HOW TO FOLLOW
- Schedule updates and Gameday information: mbusabercats.com/schedule
- Live action: mbusabercats.com/schedule :: Twitter
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While the 2020 fall season still holds uncertainty, institutions in the area are optimistic about the return to competition. Midwest region institutions and conferences alike have indicated their intent to return to competition in September. You can find schedule changes (should they occur) at mbusabercats.com/schedule.