The defending Big South regular-season champion Liberty women's soccer team will play its first season as an ASUN Conference member in 2018. The Lady Flames' inaugural eight-game ASUN schedule was announced today.
Liberty will be challenged from the get-go in ASUN action, playing four of its first five conference games away from Osborne Stadium. In the Lady Flames' four road contests, three of those games are against three of the top four teams from the 2017 ASUN standings including a visit to reigning tournament champion Florida Gulf Coast (FGCU) on Oct. 11. The Lady Flames will also travel to the reigning regular season champion, Lipscomb, on Oct. 7, and fourth-place Kennesaw State on Sept. 20 in Liberty's first ASUN matchup. Liberty's first home conference matchup will be on Sept. 23 against NJIT.
FGCU has been the ASUN's dominant team in recent years. The Eagles have captured the last eight regular-season titles and six of the conference's last seven tournament titles. FGCU has also gone 53-3-9 in ASUN play during the eight-year span.
In its last six NCAA Tournament appearances, FGCU has faced Florida three times and South Florida twice. In 2015, FGCU defeated USF 2-1 in the first round for the ASUN's first win in the College Cup since 2004. In the past seven seasons FGCU has posted the highest RPI in the ASUN including finishing 38th in the country this past season.
The 2019 ASUN Women's Soccer Championship will feature quarterfinals on Oct. 26, semifinals on Oct. 28 and the championship game on Nov. 3. The top-six teams will qualify for the conference championship (North Alabama is ineligible for postseason play during its transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I).
Liberty's 2018 ASUN schedule is listed below. The Lady Flames' non-conference matchups will be announced at a later date.
2018 Liberty Women's Soccer ASUN Schedule
Sept. 20 – at Kennesaw State (Kennesaw, Ga.)
Sept. 23 – Home vs. NJIT
Oct. 5 – at North Alabama (Florence, Ala.)
Oct. 7 – at Lipscomb (Nashville, Tenn.)
Oct. 11 – at FGCU (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Oct. 14 – Home vs. Stetson
Oct. 19 – Home vs. Jacksonville
Oct. 21 – Home vs. North Florida
Oct. 26 – ASUN Women's Soccer Championship Quarterfinals
Oct. 28 – ASUN Women's Soccer Championship Semifinals
Nov. 3 – ASUN Women's Soccer Championship Game