GGC selected to host 2013 A.I.I. soccer championships

Georgia Gwinnett College has been selected to host the 2013 Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) men’s and women’s soccer championships, the league’s executive committee voted Wednesday.

“We are very excited to be selected as host of the A.I.I. soccer championships this fall,” said Dr. Darin S. Wilson, GGC’s director of Athletics. “We look forward to showcasing our beautiful facility and campus to our guests from across the country.”

The A.I.I. represents approximately 40 institutions from around the United States and Canada. Currently, about 10 men’s and women’s programs from around the U.S. are slated for A.I.I. soccer action this fall. The A.I.I. men’s and women’s champions receive a berth in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national tournament.

This is the first major intercollegiate athletic championship to be hosted by Georgia Gwinnett. The event also will mark the first postseason appearance in any sport for the second-year Grizzlies, who will automatically receive bids as tournament hosts. The remaining three teams in each field will be based on order of finish during the regular season.

The four-team tournaments are scheduled for Nov. 15-16, 2013, on the Grizzlies’ newly-opened synthetic turf soccer field. Friday, Nov. 15 will feature two men’s semifinals and two women’s semifinals, with championship games played on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Departing A.I.I. member Jamestown (N.D.) captured the men’s title last fall while Ashford (Iowa) claimed the women’s crown.

The Grizzlies went 14-2-2 in men’s action during their first-ever season last year, while the women’s team posted a 10-7-1 mark.

Each GGC squad’s full 2013 schedule is expected to be released shortly.

The purpose of the Association of Independent Institutions is to promote the education, development and welfare of student-athletes through their various experiences and participation in NAIA intercollegiate athletics. See more at www.aiisports.com.

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