CUTHBERT, Ga. -- Fighting Tigers men's soccer will hit the pitch for training beginning on Aug. 6 in preparation of the program's 42nd season.
Head Coach Rudy Roediger indicated that he expects around 25 players to report on Aug. 5 for medicals.
"We are bringing in a sizable class again this year," stated coach Roediger. "We believe this will continue to facilitate significant competition for places. I am cognizant of the fact that creating a competitive environment is a key to building on last season's success. Furthermore, circumstances of so many players moving on to four-year schools after just a season in the program dictate that this will again be a season of opportunity for many of our first-year players."
The 2015 season was a program highlight as the Boys in Blue & Gold finished 10-8-0 a +8.0 win-loss improvement. That mark ranked the Fighting Tigers as the second-most improved team according to the final NJCAA Division I statistics. The 10 victories were the most for the program since 2004 (15). In addition, Andrew recorded the program's first back-to-back victories to open a season in modern history and broke a streak of 23 straight losses to NJCAA Division I opponents that spanned 1,054 days, dating back to the 2012 season.
The Fighting Tigers in 2015 more than doubled their number of goals (44 from 17) allowed 51 fewer goals (32 from 83) than the year prior.
In 2015 Andrew vaulted into the national stage when it defeated two teams earning votes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Men's Soccer Coaches Poll. As a result, Andrew earned its first national ranking since 2004. The Fighting Tigers were ranked as high as No. 16 by both the NJCAA and the National Soccer Association of America (NSCAA) during their transcendent season in 2015.
The Fighting Tigers' 2016 season will begin with a quartet of preseason matches. Andrew will first take on Liberty SC on Aug. 7 and then Middle Georgia State on Aug. 13 at the friendly confines of Hord Athletic Complex.
Andrew has a loaded schedule featuring seven matches against teams who received votes or were ranked in both the NJCAA and USCAA polls. That stretch of high level competition is highlighted by the Fighting Tigers hosting the NJCAA Division I defending national champions from Louisburg College and a trio of GCAA Region 17 matches against Georgia Military.