For the second time in three years, the Merrimack College women’s soccer team will open the season at home by hosting the Merrimack Kickoff Classic, highlighting the 18-game schedule announcement by the Athletic Department and head coach Gabe Mejail on Thursday afternoon.
Of the 18 contests, nine will be played at home at Martone-Mejail Field. The Navy and Gold boasted a 7-1-1 record at home last season, with over half of their 12 wins occurring on campus. Five of Merrimack’s first eight contests of the season will be played at home.
Links: 2016 Women’s Soccer Schedule
“The 2016 schedule provides a challenging slate, both in our non-conference games and in Northeast-10 Conference play,” said Mejail. “We’re excited to begin the season at home by hosting the Merrimack Kickoff Classic, which will prepare us for what we will face in league play.”
The Warriors open the Merrimack Kickoff Classic on Friday, Sept. 2, against Molloy College before concluding tournament play on Sunday (Sept. 4) against Dominican. Following the contest against the Chargers, Merrimack opening league play with two road games at Saint Michael’s (Sept. 10) and at Pace (Sept. 14).
Merrimack ends the first month of the year with three of four games at home. The final two games of the stretch pit the Warriors against NCAA Tournament teams from last year, travelling to LIU Post (Sept. 24) and hosting Adelphi (Sept. 28), the defending NE-10 champions.
As October arrives, the Navy and Gold face a 10-game gauntlet during the final month of the regular season. After hosting American International on Saturday, Oct. 1, the Warriors embark on a three-game road swing beginning at Southern New Hampshire (Oct. 4), a rematch of last season’s NE-10 Quarterfinal.
The three final home games of the year are against Bentley (Oct. 12), Southern Connecticut (Oct. 15) and Assumption (Oct. 21), with the home finale set for a Friday night kickoff (7 p.m.). Merrimack will travel away from campus for the final two matchups of the year, against Stonehill (Oct. 26) and seven-time conference champion Saint Rose (Oct. 29).
The NE-10 Championship begins with the quarterfinal round on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The semifinals and finals with be played two days apart on Friday, Nov. 4