Men's Soccer Announces 2018 Schedule
By ODU Athletics
NORFOLK, Va. – Men’s soccer head coach Alan Dawson announced the 2018 schedule on Tuesday afternoon. The 2017 C-USA Champions schedule will feature five teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament in 2017 and 11 home matches in the 2018 season.
“Our out of conference schedule is very challenging but gives us the opportunity to play against some of the country's best teams,” explained head coach Alan Dawson. “We must be up to the challenge as our C-USA opponents will once again provide us with fierce competition in our league race.”
The Monarchs open the season with two exhibition games, beginning on Aug. 14 against Virginia Tech. Last season, the Hokies made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. On Aug. 19, ODU will face George Washington in their final exhibition game before kicking off the regular season at home against Radford (Aug. 24).
Georgia Southern (Aug. 26) will visit the home pitch for a 2 p.m. start. Georgia Southern finished 9-8-1 and advanced to the Sun Belt semifinals before falling to Georgia State.
The Monarchs will host their annual ODU Soccer Classic on Aug. 31 and Sept. 2 against Santa Clara and Temple.
The Monarchs close out their five-game home stand on Sept. 7 as they open conference play against Charlotte in a rematch of the 2017 C-USA Championship final.
In their first regular season road game, the Monarchs travel to New Mexico to take on the Lobos (Sept. 15) at 7 p.m. Three days later, ODU will face the Rams of VCU (Sept. 19) for a non-conference battle. The Rams made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2017.
ODU returns home for a C-USA matchup against South Carolina on Sept. 23 at 2 p.m.
On Sept. 29, ODU will face Marshall on the road before returning home for three-straight games at the ODU Soccer Complex.
The Monarchs open October to non-conference foe William and Mary (Oct. 3) at 7 p.m. In 2017, the Tribe won the CAA Championship to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which they fell to Columbia in the opening round.
After the Tribe visits ODU, league opponent FAU comes to Norfolk on Oct. 6 for a 7 p.m. start.
In a key non-conference matchup, the Monarchs host UNC on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. Last season, UNC defeated ODU in Chapel Hill by a 3-1 score. UNC advanced to the 2017 College Cup, where they fell to eventual finalist Indiana.
Closing out non-conference play, ODU travels to Buies Creek to take on Campbell (Oct. 16). The Monarchs head back on the road for a C-USA match against UAB (Oct. 21) for a 3:30 p.m. start.
ODU hosts their final home match on Oct. 28 as they face FIU, who was nationally ranked throughout the entire 2017 season and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Monarchs close regular season action at Kentucky on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. Last season, ODU defeated the 13th ranked Wildcats at home for the first time in school history.
The top seven teams in the league qualify for the conference tournament, which will be held in Charlotte, N.C. on Nov 7-11. Last season, ODU defeated Charlotte in the final to be crowned C-USA Champions for the second time.
|August 14||Virginia Tech (Exhibition)||Norfolk, Va.||7 p.m.|
|August 19||George Washington (Exhibition)||Washington, D.C.||2 p.m.|
|August 24||Radford||Norfolk, Va.||7 p.m.|
|August 26||Georgia Southern||Norfolk, Va.||
|August 31||Santa Clara %||Norfolk, Va.||7 p.m.|
|September 2||Temple %||Norfolk, Va.||6 p.m.|
|September 7||Charlotte *||Norfolk, Va.||7 p.m.|
|September 15||New Mexico *||Albuquerque, N.M.||7 p.m.|
|September 19||VCU||Richmond, Va.||7 p.m.|
|September 23||South Carolina *||Norfolk, Va.||2 p.m.|
|September 29||Marshall *||Huntington, W. Va.||7 p.m.|
|October 3||William & Mary||Norfolk, Va.||7 p.m.|
|October 6||FAU *||Norfolk, Va.||7 p.m.|
|October 9||UNC||Norfolk, Va.||7 p.m.|
|October 16||Campbell||Buies Creek, N.C.||7 p.m.|
|October 21||UAB *||Birmingham, Ala.||3:30 p.m|
|October 28||FIU *||Norfolk, Va.||7 p.m.|
|November 2||Kentucky *||Lexington, Ky.||7 p.m.|
|November 7||C-USA Quarterfinal||Charlotte, N.C.||TBD|
|November 9||C-USA Semifinal||Charlotte, N.C.||TBD|
|November 11||C-USA Final||Charlotte, N.C.||2 p.m.|
Home Games in Bold
% ODU Soccer Classic
* CUSA Game