The Emory University Men's Soccer team has announced its 2018 schedule which features six contests against teams that qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament in 2017.
Of the 18-game slate, 10 matches will be played at the Woodruff PE Center where the Eagles posted an 8-1 record last season, beginning with the Sonny Carter Invitational. The Eagles, coming off their first Sonny Carter tournament win since 2014, will face Hardin-Simmons on August 31st and Washington and Lee on September 1st. The Generals advanced to the Sweet 16 a season ago.
Other non-conference home matchups include Millsaps (Sept. 15), SUNY Maritime (Sept. 16), Sewanee (Sept. 25), Maryville (Oct. 9) and Oglethorpe (Oct. 16). The Stormy Petrels were the lone program of the group to qualify for the NCAA postseason, falling to Washington and Lee on penalty kicks in the second round.
The Eagles open the non-conference portion of their schedule on the road on September 8th and 9th with the Ciallella Classic at Rutgers-Camden in New Jersey. Emory will meet Rowan, a 2017 NCAA tournament selection, on day one of the classic before playing the host Raptors the following day.
Emory rounds out the non-conference schedule with road matches at Birmingham-Southern on September 19th and at Berry on October 21st.
The Eagles head to St. Louis to begin University Athletic Association play against Washington on September 29th, one of four conference matches to be played away from home. Emory will travel to NYU and Brandeis the weekend of October 12th before closing out the regular season at Rochester on November 3rd. Both the Judges and Yellowjackets reached the Elite Eight in 2017 with Brandeis advancing to its second-straight Final Four.
Emory will host three UAA programs in 2018, first against the University of Chicago on October 6th. The Eagles and Maroons split their two matches last season with Emory knocking off then-ranked No.-1 UC, 3-0, on their home pitch before the Maroons bested the Eagles on PKs in the Elite Eight.
In addition to playing Chicago in Atlanta, Emory will host Carnegie Mellon on October 26th and Case Western Reserve on October 28th.
The Eagles are coming off a 15-5-2 season in 2017, advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time since 1988.