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GOSHEN, Ind. — Ten home games, two first-time opponents and a Crossroads League slate with just four road contests highlight the 2019 Goshen College women’s soccer schedule released Wednesday by the Maple Leaf athletic department.
For the second straight season under head coach Justin Crew, the Maple Leafs will open their slate with a home game before classes begin, facing off with Governors State University on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. EDT. The match will be the first in program history for the Jaguars and begin Goshen’s 29th season of varsity soccer.
Goshen makes its road debut six days later with a trip to Concordia University in Michigan on Friday, Aug. 23. The two teams met last fall for the first time in four seasons, and the Maple Leafs will look to avenge a 1-0 loss while evening the all-time series at 5-5.
Over the 17-game season, GC never plays three straight games at home or on the road. The slate features three pairs of back-to-back home games, two of which come in conference play, and one pair of consecutive road matches in the final week of the season.
For the eighth consecutive season, all home matches will be streamed live at GoLeafs.net/live.
“I’m really excited for our 2019 season,” Crew said. “The conference games are always the highlight of our schedule, especially because we play in a league as tough as the Crossroads League. With that said, I also really like our non-conference schedule. I believe this portion of the schedule provides us the necessary challenges for us to continue to grow as a program. I can’t wait for August.”
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After rounding out August with two matches – the first meeting since 1991 with IU South Bend and the first meeting ever with Michigan-Dearborn – the Maple Leafs play their only men/women doubleheader of the season on Wednesday, Sept. 4. GC’s women play Bluffton University at 5 p.m. before the men meet Lourdes University at 7. Goshen has 12 wins in 18 all-time matches against Bluffton, the most against a single opponent in program history.
The Bluffton match kicks off a set of back-to-back home matches as the Maple Leafs also host Cleary University at week’s end. A road trip to Rio Grande in Ohio and a home match against Indiana Tech, both Saturday affairs, round out the conference slate.
Seven of Goshen’s nine standalone home games will kick off at 7:30 p.m.: the exceptions are the Governors State match, which starts at 6, and the Cleary match, which starts at 7.
Goshen opens its conference schedule with a pair of local rivals, making its shortest road trip of the year to Bethel on September 25 before hosting Grace three days later. The Grace match starts a string of four home games in 15 days, bringing Taylor, Spring Arbor and Huntington to the Ingold Athletic Complex by the time all is said and done. Only a road match at Marian University on Saturday, Oct. 5 breaks the homestand into two.
The third and fourth road matches of the conference season come in short order, with the team visiting Saint Francis on Wednesday, Oct. 16, and Mount Vernon Nazarene on Saturday, Oct. 19.
The season ends on Wednesday, Oct. 23, against Indiana Wesleyan University, the lone opponent to meet the Maple Leafs in every season of intercollegiate women’s soccer. The squad’s 10th home match of the season will be the most since the 2015 team played 11; that figure could rise, as well, as the higher seed hosts every game of the 8-team Crossroads League tournament.
2019 Goshen College Women’s Soccer Schedule – By The Numbers
Games (regular season): 17
Days (regular season): 67
Home games: 10
Road games: 7
Day games (5 p.m. or earlier): 5
Night games: 12
Back-To-Back Games: None
Shortest Break Between Games: 2 days (6 times)
Longest Break Between Games: 6 days (Sept. 7-14, Sept. 14-21)
Saturday games: 9
Wednesday games: 7
Friday games: 1
New competition: 2 (Governors State, Michigan-Dearborn)
Back after hiatus: 1 (IU South Bend [1991])
Continuing the rivalry: Indiana Wesleyan (29th straight year), Saint Francis (25th straight year)