Limestone Soccer Crew Has Already Secured Again-To-Again Successful Seasons For First Time

Successful is now changing into the norm for Limestone College’s soccer workforce.

By advantage of final Saturday’s thrilling 28-24 victory over rival Newberry Faculty, the Saints assured themselves back-to-back profitable seasons for the primary time in program historical past.

The truth is, this marks simply the second time that Limestone has had a profitable season on the gridiron – and there’s at the least two video games nonetheless left to be performed. The Saints are presently 6-3 general as they put together to journey to Wilson, NC, to face Barton Faculty this Saturday for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

The common season then wraps up on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Emory & Henry Faculty beginning at 1 p.m. Nonetheless, ought to Limestone knock off Barton and Lenoir-Rhyne fall to Catawba this weekend, as a substitute of the Saints touring to Virginia to face Emory & Henry, they might as a substitute be enjoying within the South Atlantic Convention Championship recreation as out-right winners of the Piedmont Division.

The Mountain Division will host this 12 months’s title contest on November 11, and Mars Hill is presently main that aspect of the convention at 6-1 (7-1 general). Lenoir-Rhyne leads the Piedmont Division at 6-1 in convention play, whereas 8-1 general. Limestone’s solely SAC loss this season got here in a heart-breaking time beyond regulation thriller, 31-28, at house to Lenoir-Rhyne.

With former head coach Mike Furrey again on the helm of this system in 2022, Limestone loved its first-ever common season with a profitable file, going 8-3 and qualifying for the NCAA Division II Nationwide Championship playoffs. The Saints completed 8-4 following their first-round loss on the College of West Florida. The Argonauts accomplished 2022 at 12-2 after advancing into the Nationwide Semifinals.

With a present mixed file of 14-7, Limestone now has a profitable proportion of 66.7 over the previous two seasons.

From 2014 via 2021, the Saints went eight seasons and not using a profitable file and amassed a mixed file of 17-59 (22.4 profitable proportion). Take out Furrey’s two-year whole mark of 9-12 in 2016 and 2017, that mixed six-year file with out him as the top coach falls to 6-47 (11.3 profitable proportion). These totals embody the four-game abbreviated 2021 spring schedule wherein the Saints went 1-3. Limestone’s fall 2020 schedule was moved to the spring of 2022 as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

In the course of the 4 seasons between Furrey’s two tenures, Limestone had a profitable proportion of 11.8 with six wins and 47 losses.

“We’re very proud to have already secured our second straight profitable season,” Furrey mentioned this week. “And we’re not carried out this season. We nonetheless have quite a bit to play for. To be sitting right here at 6-1 within the South Atlantic Convention and within the hunt for a SAC championship is an incredible feeling for our gamers and our whole teaching employees. None of this is able to be doable with out the by-in and dedication of the younger males on this workforce and the tireless job our assistant coaches are doing. This workforce goes into each recreation totally anticipating to win. That’s the usual and the tradition right here now. And we’re simply getting began.”

Furrey departed Limestone following the 2017 season to grow to be the extensive receivers coach with the NFL’s Chicago Bears. He’s Limestone’s all-time winningest head soccer coach with a present four-season mixed file of 23-19.

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