First year Liberty women's soccer head coach Lang Wedemeyer has announced the Lady Flames' 18-game schedule that features six games at home as they look to defend their Big South crown.
The Lady Flames will look for a third straight NCAA College Cup appearance as their 18-game slate includes two teams that appeared in the College Cup, six teams with 11 wins or more last season and four teams that made it to the semifinals of their respective conference tournaments. Throughout the season, Liberty will play in seven different states, playing against some of the best competition throughout the East Coast.
"This 2017 schedule looks to be one of the toughest in the history of the program," Wedemeyer said. "We have a great mix of state rivalries and hard road trips for the non-conference portion that will really test our players mentally and physically."
Liberty will report for preseason on Aug. 1 as they will prep for the season. In addition to their 18 games, the Flames will also play in two exhibition matches. On Aug. 8 Wedemeyer returns to Virginia Tech, where he played collegiately, for a preseason matchup against the Hokies. The Flames final preseason game will take place at home when they welcome George Mason to Lynchburg on Aug. 12.
To begin the season the Lady Flames will play five of their first six games on the road. Liberty will kick off its season in Staten Island, N.Y. as they face Wagner College on Aug. 18. Liberty will return home the same weekend, Aug. 20, for its home opener against in-state opponent VCU. The Flames then hit the road for four straight road games against teams with double-digit wins last season beginning in Washington. D.C. against George Washington. The trip will continue by a trip to in-state opponent, Virginia, which is coming off an appearance in the third round of the NCAA College Cup.
Liberty will make the trip to Florida for a weekend as they face to Florida Gulf Coast, another team who appeared in last year's College Cup. The challenging road trip will conclude with a matchup against a Florida Atlantic team that is coming off an appearance in the C-USA Championship match.
The Lady Flames will conclude its non-conference slate with a home match against UMBC and two road games against SEC opponent, Louisiana State and James Madison.
Liberty will look for its third straight Big South title as they begin conference play with the two teams they lost to during the regular season in 2016. After losing on the road last season, the Lady Flames will now host Gardner-Webb and High Point to Lynchburg to begin conference play. The Lady Flames first road trip in the Big South will begin in Rock Hill, S.C. to face Winthrop and then conclude the trip in Radford.
After defeating Campbell in the Big South Championship semifinals, Liberty will welcome the Camels to town in 2017 followed up by a trip to Presbyterian. Liberty will host its Senior Day on Oct. 14, against Charleston Southern, in the team's final home game of the season. The Flames will conclude the season on the road at Longwood and UNC Asheville.
"The Big South always presents its own set of challenges, and we know that many of those teams will be gunning for the Flames this fall," Wedemeyer added. "We are excited for the challenges and look forward to the competition."
The Big South Women's Soccer Championship will begin on Oct. 27 with the championship taking place on Nov. 5 in Greensboro, N.C. The quarterfinals will be hosted by the top four seeds in the conference.
Aug. 8 Virginia Tech (Exhibition) Blacksburg, Va. 7 p.m.
Aug. 12 George Mason (Exhibition) Lynchburg, Va. 6 p.m.
Aug. 18 Wagner College Staten Island, N.Y. 4 p.m.
Aug. 20 VCU Lynchburg, Va. 6 p.m.
Aug. 24 George Washington Washington, D.C. 4 p.m.
Aug. 27 Virginia Charlottesville, Va. 2 p.m.
Sept. 1 Florida Gulf Coast Ft. Meyers, Fla. 7 p.m.
Sept. 3 Florida Atlantic Ft. Meyers, Fla. 11 a.m.
Sept. 7 UMBC Lynchburg, Va. 6 p.m.
Sept. 10 LSU Baton Rouge, La. 6 p.m.
Sept. 14 James Madison Harrisonburg, Va. 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 Gardner-Webb Lynchburg, Va. 4 p.m.
Sept. 27 High Point Lynchburg, Va. 5 p.m.
Sept. 30 Winthrop Rock Hill, S.C. 1 p.m.
Oct. 4 Radford Radford, Va. 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 Campbell Lynchburg, Va. 6 p.m.
Oct. 11 Presbyterian Clinton, S.C. 4 p.m.
Oct. 14 Charleston Southern Lynchburg, Va. 1 p.m.
Oct. 18 Longwood Farmville, Va. 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 UNC Asheville Asheville, N.C. 1 p.m.
Oct. 27-29 Big South Quarterfinals TBD TBD
Nov. 3 Big South Semifinals Greensboro, N.C. TBD
Nov. 5 Big South Championship Greensboro, N.C. TBD
Nov. 10 NCAA Tournament First Round
Nov. 17 NCAA Tournament Second Round
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