GREENVILLE, SC — After advancing to their first NCCAA DI National Tournament last season, the Bruins women’s soccer team is excited for the 2021 season as the team released their upcoming season schedule.
The Bruins will return to a full lineup of games this fall after having an abbreviated 2020 season due to COVID-19.
Jenna Bishop, a resident of Davison, has been named to the Bob Jones University Bruins women’s soccer team roster for the 2020-2021 academic year. Bishop is a Junior majoring in Kinesiology at BJU.
“We are excited for the season to begin,” Bruins Head Coach Chris Carmichael said. “We have worked hard to build another strong schedule with some new teams we haven’t played before while balancing out the schedule with some familiar opponents that will allow us to develop our style of play while also giving us some recovery so that we can be best prepared for our postseason tournaments.”
The Bruins finished the 2020 season at 6-8 overall, but the team picked up some momentum heading into postseason play winning three of four matches towards the end of the season. The Bruins then earned a national championship bid to advance to their first DI national tournament in program history.
The Bruins will play a strong schedule in 2021 filled with many NCAA DIII, NAIA and NCCAA opponents. The Bruins will play four NCCAA DI South Region matchups this season against Columbia International (Sept. 7), Regent University (Sept. 14), Carolina University (Oct. 2), and Erskine College (October 5).
The team will also welcome first-time opponent Shaw University for the homecoming match on Oct. 9. Senior night for the Bruins will be on October 29. Despite a challenging season schedule, the Bruins look to battle through and advance to another DI national tournament.
“We have another strong recruit class that will continue to help us build off of a tremendously successful spring campaign where we were undefeated,” Coach Carmichael said. “Our team has worked hard to build a strong sense of team and unity and this was evident in the games we played this spring. God has blessed our team abundantly and has given us a renewed sense of purpose as we use this game as a platform for His glory.”
The Bruins will open the regular season on Sept. 3 as the team travels to Rocky Mount, North Carolina, for a matchup with North Carolina Wesleyan College.
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