FAIRFAX, Va. – Eight home games and five road contests against 2017 NCAA Tournament teams highlight the 2018 schedule for the George Mason women's soccer team.
The Patriots will play an 18-game schedule during the regular season that includes eight games at George Mason Stadium and 10 matches on the road. Mason will play road games against NCAA Tournament participants La Salle, Georgetown, Rutgers, Tennessee and the University of Central Florida.
"This will be an exciting and intensely challenging schedule to navigate," head coach Todd Bramble
said. "Half of our non-conference games are against teams that finished in the top 25 of last season's RPI. JMU and ECU have new coaches and we split our games against ODU and ETSU last season. All of that before we begin the rigors of A-10 play. We certainly will be prepared and are looking forward to what surely will be another closely contested A-10 season."
Mason kicks off the season with three straight games on the road. The Patriots play their season opener at East Tennessee State on Aug. 16 in Johnson City, Tenn. Mason defeated the Buccaneers 6-1 in Fairfax last season.
The Patriots will face Tennessee on Aug. 19 in Knoxville, Tenn. The Volunteers finished the 2017 campaign ranked 16th in the nation with a 15-4-2 overall record, including a mark of 7-1-1 at home. Mason wraps up the road stretch with a match against Rutgers on Aug. 26 in Piscataway, N.J. The Scarlet Knights were ranked 11th in the nation after finishing 2017 with a 13-2-6 record, including a mark of 10-1-2 at home.
Mason will then play three straight games at George Mason Stadium, beginning with the home opener against Old Dominion on Aug. 30. The Patriots begin a busy September when they take the pitch against East Carolina on Sept. 2 and wrap up the home stretch with the 32nd all-time meeting against James Madison on Sept. 6.
The Patriots will then play four of their next five games on the road.
Mason travels to play Georgetown on Sept. 9 and then concludes the non-conference portion of the schedule with a road test at UCF on Sept. 13. The Hoyas were ranked 25th to end the 2017 season after going 14-3-4 and 9-1-2 at home, while the Knights finished the 2017 season ranked 10th in the nation after posting a 13-2-3 overall record, including 6-1-2 at home.
The Patriots open Atlantic 10 Conference play on Sept. 20 against Dayton at George Mason Stadium. Mason is then on the road for a pair of games, facing VCU on Sept. 23 in Richmond and Revolutionary Rival George Washington on Sept. 27 in Washington, D.C., before wrapping up the month at home against Davidson on Sept. 30.
The final month of the regular season includes three games at home and three on the road. The Patriots host Saint Joseph's on Oct. 4, Duquesne on Oct. 11 and Rhode Island on Oct. 21. Mason will play road games at Massachusetts on Oct. 7, Richmond on Oct. 14 and against defending A-10 regular season and tournament champion La Salle on Oct. 18
The first round of the conference tournament will be held on campus sites Oct. 27-28. The semifinals and championship game will be held from Nov. 3-5 on the campus of the University of Dayton.