WMU News

Bronco soccer to host community exhibition

Aug. 19, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University men's and women's soccer programs will host the first Kalamazoo Kickoff Classic on Sunday, Aug. 29 at the Annen Sports Complex.

The event is sponsored by Adidas, Gazelle Sports, the Kalamazoo Quest and the Kalamazoo Kingdom. Tickets can be purchased by calling the WMU soccer offices at 387-3059 or 387-0350. Tickets are also available for purchase at Gazelle Sports. Prices are $2 in advance and $3 at the gate. Children under the age of 12 are admitted for free.

The Bronco men are slated to play neighbor Kalamazoo College at 3 p.m., while the women's team will face Olivet at 5:30. Both matches are exhibitions.

"This is a great opportunity for the greater Kalamazoo area to showcase its collegiate soccer," WMU women's coach Mike Haines said. "Our hope is to develop more interest and support in our programs that will carry over to the regular season."

Haines, former head coach at Kalamazoo College, guides WMU into its fourth season of competition and his second as program mentor. The 1999 team features All-Mid-American Conference performers Katie Markey and Jennifer Haller. Markey is currently in possession of 16 Bronco records, while Haller is one of the region's top returning goalkeepers.

The WMU men are led by second-year head coach Chris Karwoski. The team returns 11 letterwinners and eight starters from last season's squad, including All-MAC candidate Eric Pogue.

"We are excited to renew competition with Kalamazoo College," Karwoski said. "They have a solid program and the match will be a good test for us."

The men's team opens the 1999 regular season on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 4 p.m. against Cleveland State at the WMU Soccer Complex. The women play two matches on the road before the home opener against UNLV on Sept. 12 at noon.

Media contact: Scott Kuykendall; 616 387-4125; scott.kuykendall@wmich.edu

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