The Vanguard University men's soccer team, ranked No. 5 in the NAIA, will forfeit its first six games of the 2010 season.
The Lions absorb six losses instead, bringing its new overall record to 4-7. They were 8-1-1.
The forfeits came as a result of an ejection during the last game of the 2009 season and soccer rule 12.12.1.
The sport-specific rule states that any game in which a suspended player or coach participates in illegally shall be forfeited to the opposing team. According to the rule, because Coach Randy Dodge received a red card in the last game of the 2009 season, he should have been suspended from Vanguard's first match of the 2010 season, against CSU San Marcos Aug. 31.