LEXINGTON, Va. - The VMI women's soccer program announced its 2018 schedule Monday, a slate headlined by the team's first-ever meeting against William & Mary and a challenging run against SoCon schools.
After starting the year with exhibitions against Longwood (August 6) on the road and versus VCU at home (August 10), the Keydets get their regular season underway with a road contest agains the Lady Pirates of Hampton on August 17. VMI then returns home and will play four matches in 12 days, three of which will occur at Patchin Field.
South Carolina State comes to Lexington August 20 and Delaware State follows on the 23rd, before the Keydets journey to Radford August 30. A contest Sept. 1 against American follows and starts a long stretch away from Lexington, as the Keydets play just one home game between Sept. 1 and Oct. 5.
In the interim, the Keydets play a pair of former conference opponents in UNC Asheville (Sept. 7) and Campbell (Sept. 9), before returning to their home state to face Richmond (Sept. 13) and William & Mary (Sept. 16). The VMI/UR match is the first between the programs since a 1-0 VMI win in 2008, and the battle with the Tribe will be the first time the two teams have ever met on the pitch.
The Keydets then open SoCon play at home against UNCG (Sept. 21) before hitting the road for two straight the following weekend, with games at Mercer (Sept. 28) and at The Citadel (Sept. 30).
VMI then closes out the regular season with four of its final six matches at home. The first homestand sees Wofford (Oct. 5) and Furman (Oct. 7) comes to Lexington, before trips to ETSU (Oct. 12) and Western Carolina (Oct. 14). The Keydets will be looking to avenge last year's season-ending loss to the Catamounts in the conference tournament.
The regular season then wraps up Oct. 19-21, as the Keydets host Samford (Oct. 19) and Chattanooga (Oct. 21) to close out the year.
The 2018 SoCon Women's Soccer Championship begins with first round play Oct. 24. The quarterfinals, hosted by higher seeds, will be Oct. 27-28 and the Mercer Bears will host the semifinals and championship Nov. 2-4 in Macon, Ga.