EMORY, Va. - The Emory & Henry College Men's Soccer Team and Head Coach Robert Richardson have released the schedule for the upcoming 2017 campaign. The squad will play a 19-match schedule, mixing seven home and 12 away contests.
"This season's non-conference schedule gives our student-athletes a unique opportunity to compete against ten quality teams hailing from five different states," commented Richardson. "This will allow our team to further discover not only the wide variety and depth of soccer played within Division III, but also to represent Emory & Henry across the region. The schedule within the ODAC allows us to play nine of eleven teams that represent our historical in-conference foes."
The Wasps will kick off the season on Friday, September 1 when they travel to face the Nittany Lions of Penn State University-Mont Alto. E&H remains in the Keystone State on Saturday, September 2 for a match against the University of Valley Forge.
Three more away matches make up the opening quarter of the season for Emory & Henry as it will travel to Morristown, New Jersey on Friday, September 8 for a date with the College of Saint Elizabeth.
After visiting Ferrum College on Saturday, September 9 and Bridgewater College for a non-conference match on Wednesday, September 13, the Wasps will host four matches over the Friday, September 15-Saturday, September 16 weekend. On Friday, E&H will play Southern Virginia University at 5:00 p.m., while Bridgewater will face Anderson (Ind.) University. Saturday's action will pit the Wasps against Anderson at 5:00 p.m., with Bridgewater and SVU following.
Saturday, September 23 will see Emory & Henry step into Old Dominion Athletic Conference play with a home contest against Virginia Wesleyan University at 3:00 p.m.
A four-match road trip awaits the Wasps over the final week of September and first week of October. Highlighting the span are league fixtures against Shenandoah University (Sat., Sept. 30) and Eastern Mennonite University (Tues., Oct. 3).
E&H returns home for a pair of ODAC matches against Randolph-Macon College (3:00 p.m.) and Guilford College (6:30 p.m.) on Saturday, October 7 and Wednesday, October 7, respectively.
A visit to Randolph College on Saturday, October 14 sets up the Wasps' final non-conference contest of the year against Hiwassee College (Mon., Oct. 16 – 5:30 p.m.).
After a trip to Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, October 18, Emory & Henry will host Hampden-Sydney College on Saturday, October 21 Fred Selfe Stadium (Homecoming Night) at 6:00 p.m. The match will also serve as Senior Day for the Wasps.
E&H's final regular-season match will be at Roanoke College on Tuesday, October 24.
The 2017 ODAC Men's Soccer Tournament will be played between Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, November 5. The new Saturday-Saturday-Sunday format was implemented for this season to better resemble the NCAA Division III postseason.