U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Head men’s soccer coach Doug Hill has announced the 2018 schedule. The Falcons will compete in 20 matches from Aug. 18 to the season finale on Nov. 3. The Falcons will open the 2018 slate in an exhibition match against New Mexico at Cadet Soccer Stadium, Aug. 18, at 11 a.m.
Air Force will open the regular-season slate where they left off in last season’s NCAA Tournament First Round, taking on Virginia Tech in Harrisonburg, VA., Aug. 24. The match against Tech is the first of a four-game road stint. The Falcons will take on Navy in a service academy rivalry match, Aug. 31, in Annapolis, Md.
“We have a very balanced schedule this year with 10 home games and nine away games,” explained head coach Doug Hill. “It is very ironic that we are starting the season with the opponent we played in our last game in the NCAA playoffs – Virginia Tech. This time around we will play at a neutral site when we go to the James Madison University tournament to start out our regular season.”
Hill’s Falcons will open the home slate with a four game stretch, starting with North Florida on Sept. 7. Air Force will take on Colgate, San Francisco and Harvard in the home stint. Air Force’s schedule is laden with four NCAA qualifiers in Va. Tech, Colgate, San Francisco and Seattle U; all of which battled into the second-round of the 2018 tournament.
“It was nice to see that our conference had two teams in the NCAA playoffs last year,” said Hill.
“Our non-conference schedule should prepare us well as we play eight teams from seven different conferences,” continued Hill. “It will be important to get off to a good start and build on our winning ways at home as we established last years. Road wins are very important and we need to improve in that area this year.”
On Sept. 22, the Falcons will open Western Athletic Conference action against UMKC, in Kansas City, Ks. Air Force will host six WAC matches on the season to include, Incarnate Word, UTRGV, Houston Baptist, San Jose State, Seattle U and Utah Valley. The WAC Tournament will be hosted by Seattle U, Nov. 7-11.
“Again, I expect out conference to be a very close race and will play out with the last couple games of the season. There will be no easy conference games and we need to be on the top of our game to continue our winning ways.”