A couple of weeks back, the Marquette athletic department announced the home dates for the 2018 seasons of women’s soccer, men’s soccer, and volleyball. That was done so the ticket office could start selling season tickets on May 1st, but we still didn’t know the road slates for any of the teams.
That started changing on Tuesday, when women’s soccer debuted their full 2018 calendar.
Man oh man, I think Markus Roeders thinks he has something special with this iteration of his squad.
The reveal on the home games showed us two contests against teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament in 2017: Wisconsin and Colorado. There’s also the game against a Milwaukee squad that officially went undefeated in 2017 but missed the NCAA tournament because they lost a penalty kick tiebreaker in the Horizon League title game.
The road schedule has taken that deal to a whole extra level. Marquette will be facing Duke and North Carolina over the same weekend at the end of August. Both squads were regional #1 seeds in the 2017 NCAA tournament. UNC advanced to the Sweet 16 before getting knocked out, while Duke advanced to the Final Four and was only eliminated on penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw with UCLA. Both of those games will be played in Durham, NC, as part of the Duke Nike Classic.
That’s four NCAA tournament teams and a fifth that clearly got hosed by the selection committee in MU’s nine match non-conference slate. On top of that, those five matches come as a part of a six match string for the Golden Eagles that also includes a road trip to Michigan (6-6-6 last year).
In addition to all of those matches, Marquette will also be visiting Cal Poly (7-9-3 last year) to start the season, as well as Drake (13-4-2). That road contest against the Bulldogs might turn into a quality contest for the Golden Eagles, but it’s important to point out that MU beat Drake 3-0 in Milwaukee last season, and that was a MU team that was not good enough to make it to the NCAA tournament.
Here’s the full schedule rundown.
Marquette Women’s Soccer 2018 Schedule
|Mon., Aug. 6||at Green Bay (exhibition)||7:00 PM|
|Sat., Aug. 11||Mississippi State (exhibition)||8:00 PM|
|Thurs., Aug. 16||at Cal Poly||9:00 PM|
|Mon., Aug. 20||Wisconsin||7:30 PM|
|Thurs., Aug. 23||at Michigan||6:30 PM|
|Sun., Aug. 26||Milwaukee||7:30 PM|
|Fri., Aug. 31||at Duke||6:30 PM|
|Sun., Sept. 2||vs North Carolina (Durham, NC)||11:00 AM|
|Thurs., Sept. 6||Colorado||7:00 PM|
|Sun., Sept. 9||at Drake||1:00 PM|
|Fri., Sept. 14||BYU||7:00 PM|
|Sun., Sept. 23||Butler||1:00 PM|
|Thurs., Sept. 27||at Villanova||3:00 PM|
|Sun., Sept. 30||St. John's||1:00 PM|
|Thurs., Oct. 4||DePaul||7:00 PM|
|Sun., Oct. 7||at Providence||Noon|
|Sun., Oct. 14||at Xavier||Noon|
|Thurs., Oct. 18||Georgetown||7:00 PM|
|Sun., Oct. 21||at Creighton||Noon|
|Thurs., Oct. 25||Seton Hall||7:00 PM|