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Eastern Florida's Men's Soccer Opens Season This Weekend in Pensacola
Aug. 20, 2014 - Eastern Florida's men's soccer team puts its top-5 national ranking on the line this weekend as it opens its 2014 season with a pair of games at the University of West Florida in Pensacola.
Head coach Oliver Twelvetrees' Titans are ranked fifth by both the NJCAA and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). They play Northeast Texas Community College at 3 p.m. Friday and Hinds Community College of Mississippi at 4 p.m. Saturday.
The Titans reached the NJCAA Men's Division I National Championship Tournament in their inaugural season in 2013, finishing with a 14-1-3 record.
Expectations are high again this season, a season that will see the Titans play their first five matches on the road before debuting at home on Friday, Sept. 12 against Jefferson College of Hillsboro, Missouri.
All Titans home matches are played on the Melbourne Campus and admission is free.
In 2013 the Titans played their first four matches and eight of their first nine on the road.
"Such is life for a new program," Twelvetrees said. "Sure the boys like to play at home but the trips not only help us come together as a team but help set the tone for the postseason where we will be on the road, should we be fortunate enough to qualify again."
Three matches against Florida College System Activities Association foe Broward College — Oct. 10 in Pembroke Pines, Oct. 17 in Melbourne and Oct. 24 in Pembroke Pines — close the regular season and will determine the Titans postseason fate. Win twice and the Titans are in.
But that's then and this is now and now is all that is on Twelvetrees' agenda.
"I know it's a cliché but it's also true, take it one game at a time, one step at a time," Twelvetrees said. "It's a long season and we are excited to begin the journey."