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Georgia Soccer Opens SEC Network Live Coverage

The Georgia soccer team will open the season against Ole Miss on Aug. 22 in Oxford in the first ever live SEC Network event. The 2014 Georgia soccer campaign also includes eight games against 2013 NCAA Tournament participants and nine home contests at the UGA Soccer Stadium.

“We feel really good about our fall 2014 schedule and are excited to get underway,” fifth-year head coach Steve Holeman told Georgiadogs.com. “Kicking off the regular season with an SEC match is an incredible opportunity for us as we get to be a part of history by launching the SEC Network. The SEC will be one of the top soccer conferences in the country once again, and we look forward to the challenges throughout the season.”

Georgia will play 11 Southeastern Conference games in 2014, missing Arkansas and Auburn during the regular season. The contest against Ole Miss is a rare opportunity for the Bulldogs to open the season against a conference foe. The squad’s preseason exhibitions will come on the road against Clemson (Aug. 10) and at home versus Auburn (Aug. 16).

Following the date with the Rebels, the Bulldogs will return home and face UNC Greensboro to complete the opening weekend. Georgia will then travel to the West Coast to take on Long Beach State and Cal State-Fullerton Aug. 29-31. Georgia’s other non-conference match-ups for 2014 include Houston, UCF, and Mercer in Athens and Furman on the road.

Georgia’s return to SEC action comes Sun., Sept. 21 vs. Vanderbilt at home – the team’s other SEC Network game. The rest of the home conference slate includes Tennessee, Missouri, LSU, and Kentucky, while Georgia will travel to Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Alabama, and Texas A&M this season.

The 2014 SEC Championships are Nov. 3-9 at the tournament’s neutral-site home – the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala.

The Bulldogs are coming off a 12-7-1 (5-5-1) campaign in 2013, including a trip to the SEC Tournament quarterfinals. Georgia returns its leading goal scorer from a year ago in rising sophomore Marion Crowder (11g, 1a, 23p). In addition, Holeman welcomes a 12-player incoming class ranked No. 10 in the nation and No. 3 in the SEC by TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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