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November 2, 2010
The 2010 USA South Men's and Women's Soccer Championships will be held Friday and Saturday at the Smith River Sports Complex. The top four men's and women's teams will come to the Complex to compete for the tournament title.

An estimated 275 athletes and administrators will arrive to the area beginning Thursday.

"We hope local residents will come out and support this tournament so we can bring it back in years to come," said Billy Russo, the director of operations for the complex. "We want them to feel welcomed by our community with a big crowd for their games."

On Friday, the men's semifinals will take place at noon and 2:30 p.m., and the women's semis will be at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the men's championship game will begin at 2 p.m., and the women's championship game will start at 5 p.m.

The USA South Conference competes in the NCAA Division III ranks with North Carolina and Virginia schools. This will be the Sports Complex's second year hosting the event.

"The primary advantage of bringing our soccer tournament to Martinsville is the opportunity to provide a quality tournament experience for our student-athletes," said Rita Wiggs, USA South commissioner. "The city of Martinsville and the staff at the Smith River Complex were so welcoming and accommodating last year. We are excited to return to Martinsville and hope the Martinsville community will come out and enjoy USA South soccer at its finest."

Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children. Full concessions will be sold, including Chick-fil-A sandwiches, Elizabeth's pizza and Bojangles biscuits.

For more information or questions, contact Kimberly Payne at 403-5970 or Russo at 638-5200.