The Maryland men’s soccer team announced its 2018 schedule Tuesday afternoon, which includes 10 opponents from last year’s NCAA Tournament. The Terps open the season on Aug. 24 at Washington before their home opener against three-time defending national champion Stanford on Friday, Aug. 31.
The schedule release also confirmed reports of Maryland and Virginia meeting up for a neutral-site match. On Labor Day, the former ACC foes will play the first-ever college soccer match at D.C. United’s Audi Field, which is slated to open in July.
After ending the season on a six-game losing streak — including a first-round loss at home to Albany in the NCAA Tournament — Maryland will embrace one of the toughest but most exciting schedules in the country.
“The opportunity to host three time National Champion Stanford and renew our rivalry with Virginia at DC United’s new home, Audi Field, are eye catching, but so is the rest of the schedule,” head coach Sasho Cirvoski said in the team’s release. “Every team on our schedule is a potential NCAA tournament team.”
In addition to Stanford, the Terps will host UCLA for the third time in the last four years. The matchup has drawn massive attendances in the last two meetings in College Park, which resulted in a pair of Terps overtime wins. The home schedule also includes a match against Wisconsin, who won the 2017 Big Ten tournament.
The Terps’ home slate is completed with West Virginia, William & Mary, Michigan State, Denver, Ohio State and Penn State. The road schedule includes difficult tests, too, including Sun Belt champion Coastal Carolina, local rival Georgetown and national runner-up Indiana. The Terps will also travel to Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan to end the regular season.
Looking down the list of opponents, it’s hard to find easy wins because there aren’t any. Last year, the Terps played relatively weak nonconference opponents like Santa Clara, Hofstra and Cal Poly. Those opponents are replaced this upcoming season with highly-competitive programs including Stanford, Washington, West Virginia and Denver.
The Terps are coming off losses in the first round of the previous two NCAA Tournaments, as well as the departures of players like Jake Rozhansky, Gordon Wild, Eryk Williamson and George Campbell. But after going on a spring break trip to London and playing in quality spring scrimmages throughout the semester, the Terps will continue to build cohesiveness in the midst of an enticing 2018 season.
Here’s the full schedule.
|vs. Virginia at Audi Field
|vs. West Virginia
|vs. William & Mary
|at Coastal Carolina
|vs. Michigan State
|vs. Ohio State
|vs. Penn State