Men’s Soccer Announces 2011 Schedule
Arlington, Va. – Marymount University’s men’s soccer team released its 2011 schedule, as announced by head coach Keith Moser on Thursday. The Saints face a tough schedule that includes three teams that made the NCAA tournament last year.
“This may be the toughest schedule that we’ve put together in the last 10 years,” Moser said. “Every team is a threat and we won’t be able to have any off days if we want to stay competitive this season.”
The Saints open the season with back-to-back tournaments on the road, kicking things off against Bridgewater and Greensboro in Fredericksburg, Va., on September 3-4. A week later they face NCAA tournament team Christopher Newport and Virginia Wesleyan in Virginia Beach on consecutive days.
After a one day layoff, Marymount then faces the first of two more NCAA tournament teams in the span of four days. The Saints travel to face former Capital Athletic Conference rival Catholic on September 13 before hosting defending CAC champions York (Pa.) in MU’s home opener on September 17.
Three of the next four games for the Saints are at home, including hosting perennial power Salisbury on September 28. Marymount closes out the homestand against Methodist on October 2, a match that is anticipated to be the first contest played at the Saints’ new home field at Long Bridge Park.
Other key showdowns include a trip to face Hampden-Sydney on October 8 and a rematch against Stevenson in Owings Mills, Md., on October 15. The Saints and Mustangs faced each other twice last season with both contests ending in draws, including one in the CAC Tournament. With the second tie, Stevenson advanced to the CAC semifinals in a shootout against the Saints.
Marymount has made 20 consecutive CAC tournaments and is looking to reach the semifinals for just the fifth time in program history and the first time since 2003. The CAC First Round is scheduled for October 29 with the semifinals on November 1 and the finals on November 5.