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King's Warriors Welcome Bantams For Rematch

06/04/2015, 2:30pm EDT
By USL PDL

Sides played to 1-1 draw in first meeting this season

Southern West Virginia King's Warriors News Release - www.wvkingswarriors.org

Thursday, June 4, 2015

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. - The Southern West Virginia King's Warriors continue their three-game home stand on Thursday when they host the SC United Bantams at the East River Soccer Complex at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be streamed live on YouTube, produced by the locally-owned Tourbeau Sports Group. Fans may watch each home game from the King's Warriors website at www.wvkingswarriors.org, or via YouTube. 

Southern West Virginia has started the 2015 campaign unbeaten at 2-0-1 and currently stands in second place in the South Atlantic Division with seven points.The King's Warriors trail the first-place Charlotte Eagles by five points with a game in hand. A win Thursday against SC United would pull Southern West Virginia within two points of the Eagles, who are idle Thursday.

The King's Warriors are also looking to keep two impressive streaks alive. Southern West Virginia is 5-0-3 in its last eight regular season games at the East River Soccer Complex dating back to season, its first in Bluefield after playing its first two seasons in Beckley, W.Va. Including two friendlies, the King's Warriors have not tasted defeat in 10 matches at the East River Soccer Complex.

Southern West Virginia is also hoping to keep its overall regular-season PDL streak intact. The King's Warriors are unbeaten in their last nine games overall (6-0-3) dating back to last season.

"It's become a standard that we don't lose at home." said King's Warriors Head Coach John Miglarese. "It's a big advantage for us, it really is. Obviously teams don't like coming and playing us here and we need to keep it that way."

Southern West Virginia opened the season May 21 in Columbia against the Bantams and earned a point with a 1-1 tie. The King's Warriors led 1-0 at the half but a second-half SC United goal prevented the crew from West Virginia from snagging the three points. Thursday's game is the second half of the 2015 two-game season series between the two teams. Lifetime the King's Warriors are 5-2-2 against SC United. The Bantams joined the PDL a year before Southern West Virginia, in 2011. 

"SC United gave us all we could handle on May 21," Migliarese said. “We had a great first half against them, and it really could have been two or three nothing at halftime. They came out and punished us in the second half, and took what could have been three points from us that we could have earned on the road. I expect them to come here and give us quite a test.”

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