WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America men's soccer head coach Travis Beauchamp announced the Cardinals' 2018 schedule Tuesday afternoon. The Cards kick off their season with the 3rd annual "Turk" Emekli D.C. Classic on Friday, August 31, in a match against Ursinus College at 7 p.m.
"I feel good about the strength of our schedule this year. Our staff worked hard to set up some challenging out of conference opponents that will help us prepare for the always-grueling stretch of Landmark competition," Beauchamp said.
Catholic advanced to the Landmark Conference playoffs for the 9th time in the last 10 seasons in its 2017 campaign. The Cardinals made it to the conference semifinal last year and look recapture their first Landmark championship since 2014.
Catholic hosts Baruch College in the second game of the "Turk" on Saturday before the Cardinals head up to New York for two away matches against Buffalo State (9/7) and Fredonia State (9/8). Other nonconference away games include Stevenson (9/12), Mary Washington (9/19), St. Mary's (Md.) (10/2) and Gettysburg (10/23).
The Cards will compete in home matches this season at the currently-being constructed turf complex, Carlini Field. The new stadium will play host to both the men's and women's soccer teams as well as the lacrosse programs.
Catholic takes on Randolph-Macon at home on Friday, September 14, at 7 p.m., under the lights at Carlini Field. Other nonconference games at home includes contests against Salisbury (9/26) and Washington College (10/9).
Landmark Conference competition begins at home for the Cardinals as they take on Scranton on Saturday, September 22 at 1 p.m. In their last regular season match of the season, the Cards host Elizabethtown on Saturday, October 27 at 1 p.m. The contest is a rematch of last year's conference playoff semifinal matchup.
The team travels to take on defending Landmark champion Drew on Saturday, September 29 at 1 p.m. Catholic also face Susquehanna (10/6), Goucher (10/17) and Moravian (10/20) on the road.
The Landmark Conference playoffs are slated to kick off Wednesday, October 31, for the semifinal round, followed by the championship on Saturday, November 3.
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