UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond women's soccer team is up for the challenge in its upcoming season.
Head coach Peter Albright has announced the 2017 schedule, which will see the Spiders face a competitive field of both conference and nonconference foes.
The schedule features contests with familiar powerhouse programs Virginia and West Virginia, as well as new matchups against Iowa and Maryland of the Big Ten Conference.
“We have a very strong senior class and should put an extremely competitive team on the field every week,” Albright said. “Whether you are a long-time supporter or new to the Richmond Soccer family, this is a great time to follow the Spiders.”
Following an exhibition contest against American, the Spiders will kick off the 2017 season with an in-state matchup with Longwood at Robins Stadium on August 18.
A home contest against Iowa (August 20) leads into a tough three-game road stint against James Madison (August 27), Maryland (August 31) and Virginia (September 3). The Spiders then return home for a matchup with Elon on September 7.
In perhaps the season's toughest test, the Spiders travel to face 2016 NCAA Runner Up West Virginia in Morgantown on September 10, before rounding out nonconference play with a home matchup against Old Dominion on September 17.
“This schedule prepares us, with tough tests, for a strong run in the A-10 season and post-season,” Albright added.
The Spiders play host to 2016 A-10 Regular Season Champion Saint Joseph's on September 21, before hitting the road for three more conference games against St. Bonaventure (September 24), Rhode Island (September 28) and George Mason (October 1).
A three-game home stand at Robins Stadium awaits the Spiders over the next week when they play host to George Washington (October 5), Fordham (October 8) and crosstown rival VCU (October 12).
Two final road tests against Saint Louis (October 15) and 2016 A-10 Champion Dayton (October 19) await the team, before it returns home to host Davidson (October 22) in the regular-season finale.
“Picking up Dayton, George Mason and Davidson in our A-10 Conference rotation really strengthens our schedule,” Albright said. “These are teams that play great soccer.”
The 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship will look different than in past years, with the quarterfinal round set to be played at the higher-seeded sites on October 28 and 29. The semifinals and Championship game will be held at VCU's Sports Backers Stadium on November 4 and 6.