MISENHEIMER, N.C. - The Pfeiffer Falcons compete in a historic weekend as the men's soccer, women's soccer, cross country and volleyball teams open their inaugural Division III campaign in the next couple of days. The long awaited Division III debut kicks off tonight as the men's soccer team battles Lynchburg.
At 7 p.m., the Division III era will be ushered in with a men's soccer match that pits Pfeiffer against the Lynchburg Hornets. Lynchburg is the defending Old Dominion Athletic Conference champions and was picked to finish second in the league this year. A year ago, the Hornets advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
The Falcons will have a lot of new faces on this year's roster and an abundance of talent. Returning goalkeeper Tomas Correa owns a 32-2 career record and has posted exactly 16 wins in each of his first two seasons. Head Coach Tony Faticoni enters his first year at the helm and has a supremely talented recruiting class ready to compete at a high level.
At 9 a.m. tomorrow morning, the men's and women's cross country teams open their schedule as they compete in Salisbury at the Catawba Chick-Fil-A Meet. Returning to lead the women's squad for her senior season is Kylie Spencer who has garnered All-Conference honors each of the past two seasons. Cassidy Hooper and Megan Miller return as juniors and look to build upon strong careers. For the men, seniors Brandon Boyd, Alex Brown and Mackennon Watson will lead the Falcons.
Women's soccer opens its DIII slate on Saturday afternoon as they travel to Greensboro College to take on Brooklyn College at 2 p.m. Senior standouts Gabby Ligas and Tori Jackson look to build upon last year's strong campaign with the help of tremendous goalkeeper Kaley Hyatt. In 18 matches, Hyatt earned 11 wins and posted an .800 save percentage while posting five shutouts.
In the only home contests of the weekend, Pfeiffer volleyball hosts the Falcon Classic inside Merner Gym on Saturday and Sunday. Pfeiffer's season opener takes place at 2 p.m. and features the Falcons against Virginia Union. Pfeiffer will also play at 6 p.m. on Saturday night and 3 p.m. on Sunday.