Reinvigorated Isles squad to take on five NCAA Division 1 programs throughout the month of March
(Harrisburg, PA)-February 25, 2014 The Harrisburg City Islanders are pleased to announce their 2014 preseason schedule. In preparation for the upcoming 2014 USL PRO season, the Isles will compete in five-exhibition matches against top NCAA Division 1 opponents, throughout the month of March. Each of the five opposing teams are represented by at least one Central Pennsylvania native.
The Isles preseason will kick-off on Friday, March 7th versus the UMBC Retrievers. The Retrievers compete in the American East Athletic Conference, and have made appearances in the previous two-NCAA College Cup’s. The Islanders opening preseason match against the Retrievers will be played at Biemesderfer Stadium on the campus of Millersville University. The Retrievers are represented by former Hempfield standout Goalkeeper, Billy Heavner.
Following the match against the Retrievers, the Isles will take on the Saint Francis University Red Flash on Wednesday, March 19th at Biemesderfer Stadium in Millersville. The Red Flash competes in the North East Athletic Conference and are coming off one of their best seasons in school history. Representing the Red Flash is former Cumberland Valley Forward, Ty Geesey.
The Isles will then travel to State College on Saturday, March 22nd to take on the defending Big 10 champion, Nittany Lions. This pivotal preseason matchup will feature a plethora of former Central PA soccer standouts. The current Nittany Lion squad is represented by a handful of players from the Central Pennsylvania area. Amongst this list includes Connor Maloney from Bishop Mcdevvitt, Shane Campbell of Dallastown, Christian Laschalk of Dallastown, Micah Collins from Susquehanock, and Owen Griffith from Lewisburg.
On Sunday, March 23rd the Isles will match-up against the United States Naval Academy. The Midshipmen will travel to Central PA and take on the Islanders at Cumberland Valley High School. The Naval Academy is coming off a 2013 season that led them to the second-round of the NCAA College Cup. The lone Central Penn native representing the Midshipmen is Midfielder, Donny Burton from Manheim Township High School.
The Isles 2014 preseason will wrap up on Sunday, March 30th versus the University of Maryland, at Ludwig Field in College Park, Maryland. The Maryland Terrapins are coming off a highly decorated 2013 season as they won the ACC Championship and placed second at the NCAA College Cup, losing 2-1 to Notre Dame in the Cup Finals. Representing the Terrapins at Midfield is former West York standout Alex Shinnsky.
Isle fans are encouraged to show their support during these preseason matches. All matches are free.
With the 2014 USL PRO season right around the corner, the Islanders are preparing for another competitive and exciting season in the USL PRO. These five preseason matchups will provide new and returning Islander players with valuable experience before the Isles kick-off their 2014 campaign on April 5th against the Hammerheads in Wilmington, NC. The Isles home opener is slated for April 19th against the Dayton Dutch Lions at the Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg. Tickets are available for purchase on our website at by clicking this link: cityislanders.com/tickets/season-tickets/ or by by phone at 441-GOAL (4625).
|Harrisburg City Islanders DATE||Pre SeasonSchedule TIME||OPPONENT||LOCATION|
|MARCH 7||6:00 PM||UMBC||MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY|
|MARCH 19||8:00 PM||ST. FRANCIS||MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY|
|MARCH 22||4:00 PM||PENN STATE||STATE COLLEGE, PA|
|MARCH 23||3:00 PM||NAVY||CUMBERLAND VALLEY HS|
|MARCH 30||5:00 PM||MARYLAND||COLLEGE PARK, MD|