RICHMOND – Fresh off a run to the Atlantic 10 Championship game and one win away from an NCAA Regional selection, the VCU Women’s Soccer program and Head Coach Lindsey Martin are set to make the jump in 2018-19. The program released their upcoming 2018 schedule on Thursday afternoon, revealing the 18 game schedule that gives the Rams 10 home matches and eight road contests.
VCU will test their talent in a challenging non-conference schedule that features teams from the CAA, Conference USA, Big South, Big Ten, SWAC, Missouri Valley, and SoCon before entering Atlantic 10 play on Sept. 20.
“Returning so many players from last year's team that made a run for the A-10 Championship, we are feeling optimistic and ready for the season that lies ahead,” said Head Coach Lindsey Martin. “It is also comforting knowing that our team will be doing the work over the summer needed to prepare. We have a really good group and as a staff we have a ton of trust in them.”
The Black & Gold will open their season with a three-game home stand, with opening night coming on Friday, Aug. 17 in a matchup with UNC Wilmington at Sports Backers at 7 p.m. VCU will follow up that matchup with a game against Charlotte at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19. The home stand comes to a conclusion on Friday, Aug. 24 when they will face off against High Point, a 2017 NCAA Tournament team, at 7:30 p.m. in the back end of a double header with the Men’s Soccer program, which faces Georgia Southern at 5 p.m. the same night.
The Rams then hit the road for three games, beginning with a two-game showcase in Iowa City, IA to face off against Northern Iowa on Aug. 31, and Iowa on Sept. 2. The games will be played at 4:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. respectively. VCU then returns home to Virginia to face off against old rival Old Dominion at 7 p.m. in Norfolk on Thursday, Sept. 6. Closing out the non-conference schedule are home games against Howard and UNCG at Sports Backers on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m.
“The non-conference schedule is a solid mixture of all types of teams that will prepare us for A-10 play,” said Martin. “We will face teams from the CAA, Conference USA, Big South, Big Ten, SWAC, Missouri Valley, and the SoCon who all did well in their respective conferences last year.”
Atlantic 10 play begins on Thursday, Sept. 20 as the Rams will travel all the way to Olean, N.Y. to open against St. Bonaventure at 7 p.m. VCU’s first home game on the conference slate is the following game, a rematch of last year’s A-10 Quarterfinal game as they play host to George Mason at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23.
The Rams do not face an easy travel schedule in the A-10, as their remaining road games take them to Dayton on Sept. 27, Saint Joseph’s on Oct. 7, UMass on Oct. 14, and Rhode Island on Oct. 18. Their remaining home games will feature Duquesne on Sept. 30, Davidson on Oct. 4, cross-town rival Richmond on Oct. 11, and finally a rematch in last year’s A-10 Championship game with La Salle in the season finale at Sports Backers on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m.
“The conference slate will be as competitive as always and this year we will need to be as strong on the road as we are at home, as there are quite a few trips that take us far from the comforts of Sports Backers,” said Martin.
Postseason play for the Atlantic 10 kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 27 with quarterfinal matchups at home sites. The A-10 Semi-Finals and Finals will be played in Dayton, Ohio on Nov. 1 and Nov. 4, with times TBD.
For the full schedule listing, please visit the SCHEDULE PAGE on the VCU Women's Soccer page.