June 13, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team released its 2011 schedule on Monday. The Hoyas will play nine home games at North Kehoe Field and have a challenging road slate including a two-game weekend in Michigan. Beyond a tough BIG EAST schedule, the Blue & Gray will play three Big 10 squads and a pair of Ivy League foes making this one of the toughest schedules in recent memory.
"The staff and I are excited about this year's schedule," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "Playing three Big Ten teams, two Ivies as well as our regular BIG EAST schedule will certainly be a challenge, but we think this will test the boys early and help our RPI come later in the season."
Georgetown will begin the year with two exhibition games. GU will face the University of Richmond at Ukrop Park on August 15 and at the University of Maryland on August 20.
The Hoyas will open the season with a home game at North Kehoe Field against Virginia Commonwealth University on August 29 following Georgetown's Freshmen Orientation. VCU comes to the Hilltop with a 15-member recruiting class after going 5-2-4 in the Colonial Athletic Conference a season ago.
The following weekend, GU will host Radford University on Sept. 2 and Stanford University the following Sunday at 1 p.m. Radford also brings in 11 freshmen and a solid 2010 record after advancing to the semifinals of the Big South Conference Tournament. Stanford will face the University of Maryland on Friday evening before heading to North Kehoe Field on Sunday. The Cardinal was 8-10 and 4-6 in the Pac-10 last year, but graduated midfielder Bobby Warshaw who was an MLS Draft pick.
A brutal stretch comes next for the Blue & Gray who will face four NCAA Tournament qualifiers with three of those contests on the road. Michigan State University is scheduled for Sept. 9 in East Lansing, Mich., and the University of Michigan will follow on Sunday. The weekend will serve as a homecoming for sophomore Joey Dillon (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams). The Spartans advanced to their fourth-consecutive NCAA Tournament in 2010 falling in a shootout to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The Wolverines won the Big Ten Tournament and advanced to the College Cup before falling to Akron, 2-1.
The following weekend won't be any easier as the Hoyas travel to Philadelphia, Pa., on Friday, Sept. 16 to play the University of Pennsylvania and Head Coach Rudy Fuller, a Georgetown alum. Fuller's squad went 13-6 last year and went to the NCAA Tournament advancing two rounds. Georgetown's second Ivy League opponent of the weekend will be at North Kehoe Field as the Hoyas host Princeton University of Sunday 3 p.m. The Tigers won the Ivy League and went 13-4-1 after posted a 12-game win streak.
Villanova University marks GU's first BIG EAST game of the season on Sept. 24, as Georgetown heads back to Pennsylvania to take on the Red Division rival. The following Tuesday, the Hoyas will play at Penn State at 7 p.m. The Nittany Lions went to the NCAA Tournament after posting 14 wins and taking a trip to the Big Ten Conference title game.
DePaul University is the second BIG EAST Red Division opponent on GU's schedule. Georgetown will host the Blue Demons on Saturday, Oct. 1. The following Tuesday, the Hoyas will finish up nonconference play against American University at home. The Eagles were 3-2-2 in the Patriot League in 2010.
West Virginia University and Seton Hall University are up next for the Hoyas on Oct. 8 and 12. The Mountaineers were NCAA Tournament qualifiers last year.
Georgetown will host University of Notre Dame on Oct. 15 at North Kehoe Field at 1 p.m. The Irish finished second in the BIG EAST Blue Division and went to the NCAA Tournament in 2010. A two-game road swing will have the Hoyas at Marquette University on Oct. 19 and the University of Connecticut on Oct. 22. The Huskies were third in the Blue Division last year and advanced to NCAA's.
The Blue & Gray will end the season with a pair of home contests. Georgetown will welcome the University of Pittsburgh on Oct. 26 at 2 p.m., before closing out the year with Providence on Oct. 29. The Friars had a breakout postseason going to the BIG EAST Tournament title game after finishing fifth in the Blue Division. The conference tournament run earned the squad a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
BIG EAST Tournament play will begin on Nov. 2 with play-in games at home sites.