11 Home Matches Highlight 2017 Women’s Soccer Schedule
June 19, 2017

2017 Schedule (pdf)

CINCINNATI
- The University of Cincinnati women’s soccer team is set to play 18 regular season matches during the 2017 season, including a slate of 11 home matches, Head Coach Neil Stafford announced today. The schedule, which features fixtures with all teams in the American Athletic Conference and non-conference matches with teams representing seven other conferences, will also feature a pair of exhibition matches in early August to get the season rolling.

“Every year, our program strives to challenge for a conference title and reach the NCAA tournament and I believe this schedule will allow us to be challenged at home and on the road as we work toward reaching our goals,” Stafford said. “We have a very balanced schedule again this year. After seeing the record home crowds and the enthusiasm our fans brought every match, we are excited to be home at Gettler Stadium 11 times this year and are looking forward to protecting our home turf once again.”

Before the team gets to the official start of the program’s 37th varsity campaign, it will play a pair of exhibition matches. First, the Bearcats will play host to Northern Illinois at 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, in their lone home exhibition. The two-match ‘preseason’ conclude August 11 with a 6 p.m. match in Bloomington, Ind., against Indiana.

From there, the season gets going with four home matches to open 2017. The Bearcats will open the year by playing host to Buffalo and Boston University on Friday, August 18, and Sunday, August 20, respectively. Then, a pair of Atlantic Coast opponents will visit Gettler Stadium as UC will welcome Pittsburgh on Thursday, August 24, before closing out the season-opening four-match home stand with Miami (Fla.) coming to town Sunday, August 27.

“Along with our home schedule, we also will have some tough away matches, including visits to Northwestern and LSU, while also crossing the river to face Northern Kentucky in what will be a very tough rivalry match,” Stafford said. “Playing NCAA teams like Northwestern and NKU at their facilities will go a long way in helping prepare our team for the tough in-conference matches we have later in the year.”

When the calendar changes to September, so will the venue as the Bearcats will hit the road for the first time in 2017. UC will travel to Evanston, Ill., on Sunday, September 3, to face Northwestern, who finished 2016 ranked No. 18 in the national polls and competed in the NCAA Tournament. Four days later, on Thursday, September 7, the Bearcats will cross the Ohio River to take on Northern Kentucky in the second Riverboat Rivalry Match.

From there, the non-conference schedule will begin to wind down as UC will first play host to Purdue on Sunday, September 10, at Gettler Stadium before hitting the road to take on LSU for the first time in program history in Baton Rouge, La., on Thursday, September 14.

“We played spring exhibition matches at national runner-up West Virginia (T, 1-1) and at Tennessee (L, 0-1) with the goal of helping prepare our players’ mentality for the 2017 season,” Stafford said. “Those results and the gains made, I feel, will translate into having us prepared to face some strong competition in conference. Each match will be tough, but, on the road or at home, we will stay in the fight and continue to push towards our goals as a team.”

With eight matches under their belts, the Bearcats will jump into conference play with their first three matches coming against teams that qualified for the AAC Tournament one year ago. The conference slate opens at home with visits from UCF on Thursday, September 21, and USF on Sunday, September 24. From there, the Bearcats will hit the road for their league away matches, traveling to Storrs, Conn., to take on #20 UConn on Thursday, September 28, before closing the trip with a match at Temple in Philadelphia, Pa., on Sunday, October 1.

With the conference slate nearly at the halfway point, the Bearcats will step out of conference one last time as Morehead State will visit Gettler Stadium on Friday, October 6, for a 7 p.m. contest. Prior to the match, the program will hold its annual Senior Day Celebration and recognize the six seniors and their contributions to the program.

The final five matches of the year will all be in the conference and three will be played at home. First, the Bearcats will host Tulsa on Thursday, October 12, before closing the weekend with a visit from Memphis on Sunday, October 15. Back on the road for the final time in the regular season, the Bearcats will head to the Lone Star State as they will travel to Houston to take on UH on Thursday, October 19, before venturing to Dallas to face SMU on Sunday, October. 22. The regular season finale will come five days later as East Carolina will come to town on Friday, October 27.

Once again this year, the Top 6 teams in the AAC standings will earn berths into the conference tournament which will be hosted by the team that wins the regular season crown. Last year, UConn won the league title and played host to the tournament in Storrs where the Bearcats, the #5 seed, fell in a penalty shootout to #4 seed USF following a scoreless draw.

The Experience UC initiative will return for the 2017 season with admission to all Bearcats women’s soccer matches being complimentary. Fans are encouraged to visit GoBearcats.com in early August for a listing of promotions for each match this season, including concession specials and other events surrounding all 11 home matches.

// NOTING THE SCHEDULE
• The 2017 schedule will feature 18 matches, including 11 to be played at home and seven on the road. Of those matches, nine will be American Athletic Conference matches with five being played in Cincinnati and four on the road.
• The Bearcats will open the year with their first four regular-season contests being played at home (Gettler Stadium) and also will have a three-match homestand later in the year. The rest of the season, UC will play no more than two matches in a row at home or away.
• The Bearcats are set to face two teams that finished the 2016 season in the NSCAA Top 25 rankings with both matches being played at the opponents home facility: #18 Northwestern and #20 UConn.
• UC will play against five squads that earned berths into the 2016 NCAA Tournament with four of the matches coming on the road: at Northwestern, at Northern Kentucky, at UConn, vs. Memphis and at SMU.
• Outside of AAC play, the Bearcats will face teams from seven different conferences, including matches against foes from the Mid-American, Patriot, Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Horizon and Ohio Valley.
• Of the non-conference opponents, the Bearcats will face three squads the finished in the Top 3 of their league’s final standings, including conference runners-up Boston University (Patriot) and Northwestern (Big Ten) and third-place finisher Northern Kentucky (Horizon) in the second annual Riverboat Rivalry Match.
• The Bearcats will face two sides for the first time in program history, including the season opener at home with Buffalo and a September 14 trip to LSU. Four other matches also provide firsts in program history, including the first home matches played in the series with Buffalo, Boston University and Miami (Fla.) and the first road matches contested in the series with NKU and LSU.
• The Bearcats will visit six different states this year for matches, including Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Texas.

// BY THE NUMBERS
• UC is 24-13-1 all-time in the first match of the season and 25-10-2 in its first home match of the campaign
• After posting an 11-5-4 record last season, the Bearcats are now 369-272-58 in their 36 seasons of varsity play. With six wins this season, UC would reach the 375-win milestone as a program.
• With six victories last year (6-1-2), the Bearcats hold an 184-100-25 all-time home record.
• UC has won 10 or more matches in each of the past three seasons. A double-digit victory total this year would mark the first time since 1994-98 that the Bearcats have had four or more seasons in a row with 10 or more wins.
• Head Coach Neil Stafford is several victories away from a pair of milestones. The eighth victory in 2017 would mark his 50th with the program while the sixth win of the campaign would be the 150th of his collegiate coaching career.

SUN Aug. 6 Northern Illinois (ex) Gettler Stadium 7 pm
FRI Aug. 11 at Indiana (ex) Bloomington, Ind. 6 pm
FRI Aug. 18 Buffalo Gettler Stadium 7 pm
SUN Aug .20 Boston U. Gettler Stadium 1 pm
THU Aug. 24 Pittsburgh Gettler Stadium 7 pm
SUN Aug. 27 Miami (Fla.) Gettler Stadium 1 pm
SUN Sept. 3 at Northwestern Evanston, Ill. 2 pm
THU Sept. 7 at Northern Kentucky & Highland Heights, Ky. 7 pm
SUN Sept. 10 Purdue Gettler Stadium 1 pm
THU Sept. 14 at LSU Baton Rouge, La. 7 pm
THU Sept. 21 UCF * Gettler Stadium 7 pm
SUN Sept. 24 USF * Gettler Stadium 1 pm
THU Sept. 28 at UConn * Storrs, Conn. 7 pm
SUN Oct. 1 at Temple * Philadelphia, Pa. 1 pm
FRI Oct. 6 Morehead State $ Gettler Stadium 7 pm
THU Oct. 12 Tulsa * Gettler Stadium 7 pm
SUN Oct. 15 Memphis * Gettler Stadium 1 pm
THU Oct. 19 at Houston * Houston, Texas 12 pm
SUN Oct. 22 at SMU * Dallas, Texas 2 pm
FRI Oct. 27 East Carolina * Gettler Stadium 7 pm
WED Nov. 1 vs AAC Quarterfinal at #1 Seed TBD
FRI Nov. 3 vs AAC Semifinal at #1 Seed TBD
SUN Nov. 5 vs AAC Final at #1 Seed TBD

* American Athletic Conference match // & Riverboat Rivalry match // $ Senior Day match