The fifth annual Manchester Cup will be played Friday and Saturday at Manchester Meadows.
Hosted by Winthrop, the two-day tournament is billed as the"premiere college soccer showcase in the South."
Friday's schedule includes six women's matches. The college field consists of Winthrop, Belmont Abbey, Appalachian State and Gardner-Webb. Four local high schools - South Pointe, Fort Mill, Northwestern and Rock Hill - are also in the mix.
Saturday's slate is packed with 10 college matches and a pair of high school contests. Winthrop will take on Kentucky at 10:45 a.m. and then play the final match of the tournament at 8:45 p.m. against College of Charleston.
Fans can buy a $12 Tournament Pass or buy a single day pass. For more information, contact the Winthrop soccer office at 323-2129 ext. 6236.
A full schedule of the games appears below.
TRACK -- Winthrop's Keary Simms was named the Big South Men's Track Athlete of the Week on Wednesday. The senior from Fort Pierce, Fla., was the top collegiate finisher at the 49er Invitational last weekend running the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 14.21. He finished third overall in the event to rank No. 1 in the conference this season.
MEN'S SOCCER -- Matt Stinson, a freshman who played one season for the Winthrop men's soccer team, signed a contract last week with the Toronto FC organization of Major League Soccer.
Stinson was named to the Big South Conference Second Team and All-Freshmen Team in the fall of 2010 for Winthrop in addition to winning the Most Valuable Player award for the Eagles.
He took the spring semester off to travel with Toronto FC overseas for preseason training and also to train more with the Canadian U-20 National Team.
Stinson is the ninth Winthrop player to be drafted or to sign a professional contract since 2006. He is the fourth player to be drafted or sign with an MLS team. He came up through the Toronto FC Academy system and served as their captain.
"We are all very proud and happy for Matt," Winthrop men's soccer coach Rich Posipanko said. "Only being 18 years old, he should have a bright and promising career in front of him. Even though you hate to lose such a good young player, it just reinforces the fact that we continue to bring quality players into our program."
Former Winthrop standout John Gilkerson has switched teams and is now playing for the Minnesota Stars of the North American Soccer League (NASL).
Gilkerson, who graduated in 2008, signed a deal with Minnesota after playing the last two seasons with the Carolina RailHawks.
He was drafted by the New York Red Bulls in the third round in 2008 and then played one season with the Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer League.
"We are happy to see that John continues his professional career," Posipanko said. "He is still one of the top athletes I have ever coached. Because of his work ethic and athletic ability, and the fact that he looks after himself well should allow him to be a professional player for many more years."
BASEBALL ON TV -- Winthrop's three-game weekend baseball series at Liberty will be televised live on Comporium Cable Channel 18.
The telecasts are being produced by the Liberty Flames Network and will be fed via satellite to the CN2 dish. The game times are set for 7 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Sunday game time was moved from 1 p.m. to accommodate Liberty television.
Winthrop, picked third in the preseason Big South Conference poll, will take a 2-1 league record to Lynchburg, Va. Liberty, picked to finish second this year, is 3-0 heading into the series.