MACOMB, Ill. – Western Illinois women’s soccer will play seven games at John MacKenzie Alumni Field during the 2013 season, as head coach Ted Flogaites announced the schedule on Wednesday (July 3).
The Fighting Leathernecks are coming off a 12-6-1 season, and third place finish in the Summit League at 5-3.
The lone exhibition game takes place on August 16th at SIU Edwardsville. On Friday, August 23rd Western opens the regular season at Northwestern. The following Tuesday, Western travels to Iowa State.
A tournament at Green Bay highlights the weekend of August 30th-September 1st as the Leathernecks play the host Phoenix on the 30th then Northern Iowa on Sunday, September 1st.
Western opens its home schedule against North Dakota on Friday, September 6th, then two days later face the Panthers of Northern Iowa again on the road. A brief stay at home against Missouri State takes place on September 13th, then Western hits the road for three consecutive non-conference games: Northern Illinois (Sept. 15), Valparaiso (Sept. 20), and Western Michigan (Sept. 22).
Summit League play begins at home as the Leathernecks play host to South Dakota State on Friday, October 4th, followed by an October 6th game versus North Dakota State. Western travels to Drake on October 9, then will face Summit League newcomer Denver on the road two days later.
The non-conference schedule wraps up at home versus Loyola on October 18th, the start of a three-game homestand. Western will face Fort Wayne on Sunday, October 20th, then play host to IUPUI on the 26th.
The regular season concludes with Summit League games at South Dakota (Nov. 1), and Omaha (Nov. 3). The top four teams in the standings will advance to the Summit League Tournament on November 7-9 at Fort Wayne, and the winner will receive the automatic bid to the NCAA College Cup.
“We have put together an ambitious schedule to test ourselves in every manner. We want to continue to upgrade our program in every facet and we will be thorough in endeavoring to do so. Aside from the tough matches inside the Summit League we have a non-conference schedule that spans six different conferences,” said Flogaites. “We take on a team from the Big Ten (Northwestern) and Big 12 (Iowa State) to open up the season, then Green Bay and Valparaiso from the Horizon, followed by Northern Iowa twice, Loyola-Chicago, Drake, and Missouri State from the Missouri Valley. We’ll face Northern Illinois and Western Michigan from the Mid-American, North Dakota (Big Sky) and an exhibition from Ohio Valley Conference member SIUE.
“The schedule is daunting in that we will have to be up for every match or we will get punished, but it is a schedule designed to test us physically, emotionally, and competitively. We are looking forward to the enormity of the challenge and we won't abdicate the responsibility inherent in taking care of each opportunity that 90 minutes presents,” said Flogaites.