WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ
– The Monmouth University women's soccer team, the defending MAAC Regular Season and Tournament Champions, has revealed its 17-game schedule for the 2017 season.
Highlighted by eight home dates, the slate features matches against six New Jersey programs, including NCAA Tournament participant Rutgers. The Hawks, under the direction of Krissy Turner, who enters her 20th season on the Monmouth sidelines, have won at least 10 games in 11 consecutive seasons.
"The spring season was very productive for our team, but the fall is where each result has significant meaning,” Turner stated. “We are excited about the non-conference part of our schedule as there will be many challenges which will help prepare us for the MAAC.”
Following road scrimmages against Villanova on Aug. 8 and Saint Joseph’s on Aug. 11, the Hawks begin their 2017 campaign at Lehigh on Friday Aug. 18.
Two days later, Monmouth kicks off the Garden State portion of the schedule at Rutgers, before closing the opening three-game road trip at Princeton on Aug. 25. Last season, Monmouth went 4-1 against teams from New Jersey, with the lone loss a double-overtime setback against the Tigers.
Monmouth’s home opener on Sept. 1 against Fairleigh Dickinson starts a three-match homestand with contests against Seton Hall (Sept. 4) and Drexel (Sept. 8). The Hawks wrap up non-conference play at Hofstra two days later.
MAAC play starts on the road with games on consecutive Saturdays at Niagara (Sept. 16) and home against Canisius (Sept. 23). Rider visits West Long Branch on Sept. 27, before back-to-back road games against Quinnipiac (Sept. 30) and Iona (Oct. 4). Monmouth defeated Quinnipiac, 5-2, to win the 2016 MAAC title and earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Three of Monmouth’s next four games will be played in West Long Branch, beginning with an Oct. 7 matchup with Manhattan. Then, it hosts Marist (Oct. 11), before a meeting with Siena in Albany, N.Y., three days later. The regular season ends with a home game versus Fairfield (Oct. 18) and a trip to Saint Peter’s on Oct. 21.
All 11 teams will participate in the 2017 MAAC Women’s Soccer Championship, held in Orlando, FL, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The event will begin on Friday, Oct. 27 with the championship match set for Wednesday, Nov. 1.