OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University head soccer coach Bobby Kramig announced a 2017 schedule that features some regional foes along with home tilts against power five conference opponents.
Ten home contests dot the RedHawks fall slate and the team wastes little time getting reacquainted with Miami Soccer Field as they host Northern Kentucky for their first of two exhibition tilts on Aug. 8. That is followed by a trip to Dayton (Aug. 11) for another exhibition.
The 2017 regular season begins on Aug. 18 with a trip to Saint Louis to face a Billikens team that went 14-4-2 and finished second in the Atlantic 10 with a 7-1-2 league record. The season-opening road trip wraps up two days later as the Red and White face Louisville on Aug. 20. The first month of the campaign wraps up with MU’s home opener against the University of Miami (Aug. 25) and a home clash with regional foe Wright State (Aug. 27).
Miami’s final three non-conference matches are spread across three weekends at the beginning of September with a home contest against Illinois (Sept. 3) and road tilts with Evansville (Sept. 8) and defending Missouri Valley Conference champion and NCAA Tournament second round qualifier Illinois State (Sept. 17).
Six of the RedHawks’ 11 Mid-American Conference matches are at home this season, but they open MAC play with road tilts at Toledo (Sept. 22) and Bowling Green (Sept. 24). Miami then hosts defending MAC Tournament champion Kent State (Sept. 29) and Ohio (Oct. 1). An Oct. 5 trip to Northern Illinois is followed by three-straight home matches against Western Michigan (Oct. 8), Central Michigan (Oct. 13) and Eastern Michigan (Oct. 15). MU’s final scheduled road tilts are at Akron (Oct. 19) and Buffalo (Oct. 22) and it concludes the regular season against two-time defending MAC regular season champion Ball State (Oct. 26).
The top eight teams in the final MAC standings qualify for the MAC Tournament with the top four seeds serving as host of the quarterfinal rounds on Oct. 29. The highest advancing seed hosts the semifinals (Nov. 3) and finals (Nov. 5).
Miami went 8-9-2 during the 2016 season, finishing fifth in the MAC with a 5-4-2 league record to appear in the MAC Tournament for the fifth-straight season. The RedHawks’ four NCAA Tournament appearances remain the most among MAC programs.