2016 Women's Soccer Schedule For the first time in program history, the Liberty women's soccer team will welcome national power and ACC member Virginia to Osborne Stadium. Although the two squads have met on 12 occasions, the season-opening matchup on Aug. 19 (7 p.m.) will mark the Cavaliers' first trip to the Hill City. Last season, Virginia was a No. 1 seed in the 2015 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament, concluding the year ranked No. 4 in the country.
"We are very excited to host Virginia to open up the season," head coach Nate Norman stated. "It will be a fantastic test for us that I know we are all very excited about. Virginia has been one of the top programs in the country for a number of years now, and Steve Swanson does a fantastic job coaching them."
The Lady Flames will play a total of 10 home games during the 2016 season. Liberty's non-conference home slate continues throughout the month of September, featuring meetings with Appalachian State, James Madison, George Washington and Florida Gulf Coast.
Two days after hosting Virginia, the Lady Flames hit the road to take on Tennessee. Liberty welcomed the Lady Volunteers to Osborne Stadium last season, with the game ending in a scoreless tie. The Lady Flames' other non-conference road matchups of 2016 will include UMBC, UNCG and VCU.
"Overall, I think this is a challenging schedule that will prepare us very well for the Big South Conference play," Norman added.
Liberty starts its Big South portion of the schedule on Sept. 24, when it plays at High Point for the first of nine conference games. Norman's squad will host Longwood, Presbyterian, Winthrop, Radford and UNC Asheville in conference action. Along with its game against the Panthers, the Lady Flames travel to Gardner-Webb, Charleston Southern and Campbell for Big South play. Liberty's game against the Fighting Camels will be a rematch of the 2015 Big South Women's Soccer Championship final.
Liberty will begin its pursuit of a sixth Big South Championship title, starting Oct. 30. The conference's top eight teams will square off at the home fields of the top four teams that day. The winners will then advance to the semifinals on Nov. 4, with the Big South Championship final on Nov. 6. The semifinals and finals will be played at Bryan Park Soccer Complex in Greensboro, N.C. The conference champion receives an automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament.
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