The men's soccer team just put the finishing touches on a historic regular season that saw the 2011 Stormy Petrels set several school records. With the first season complete, Oglethorpe is now excited about their second season – this weekend's conference tournament with a chance to qualify for the school's first-ever trip to NCAA Tournament on the line.
The men, coached by Jon Akin, enjoyed a year unlike any other in the program history. The team set a school record by winning twelve straight games during the campaign en route to posting a 15-3-0 overall record. The 15 wins are a program best and the .833 winning percentage is also tops all-time for a team that celebrated 50 years of soccer being played on the campus just this season. The Petrels also posted their best SCAC mark in school history at 8-1 overall and the squad's success gained national attention when the team appeared in the rankings for the first time in 50 years.
Now, the men travel to Birmingham, Alabama for this weekend's Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Tournament hosted by Birmingham-Southern. Having earned a first-round bye, the Petrels will face the winner of Friday night's Colorado College-Southwestern match on Saturday at approximately 8:30 p.m. Eastern. A semifinal victory on Saturday would spring Oglethorpe into the Championship game on Sunday (2:30 p.m. Eastern) against the likely opponent of the nation's No. 4 ranked team, the undefeated Trinity Tigers.
The Petrels can clinch an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament by winning the SCAC crown, though Oglethorpe's resume is strong enough to be considered as an at-large selection to the Tournament even if the Petrels cannot prevail in Birmingham. To follow Oglethorpe's quest for their first conference championship using live stats and live video, visit the Championship website here.