On Wednesday, Boston College women’s soccer released its schedule for the 2017 season. Just like last year, BC will face off against Connecticut in an exhibition game to kickoff the season on Aug. 6. About two weeks later, the Eagles will take part in a tournament hosted by James Madison University. BC will play JMU on Aug. 18, and William and Mary on Aug. 20.
From that point forward, the regular season will consist of seven more non-conference matches and a string of 10 ACC contests.
As soon as BC returns from Virginia, it will host back-to-back home games against Vanderbilt and Colgate on Aug. 25 and 27, respectively. After that, the team will make the trip to New York to play Stony Brook to wrap up the month.
September will start with a three-game series against neighboring Boston schools—Northeastern (Sept. 3), Harvard (Sept. 7) and Boston University (Sept. 10). Last year, the Eagles defeated all three of their Beanpot foes.
The club will conclude non-conference play in Newton against St. John’s on Sept. 14.
On Sept. 17, BC will take on Louisville at home in its first ACC game of the season. The Eagles will then fly south to face North Carolina State on Sept. 21, before returning to Newton on Sept. 24 for a game against Wake Forest.
Over the span of a week and a half, BC will play three consecutive road games. First, the team will play Virginia Tech on Sept. 29. And then it will travel to Florida to square off against both Florida State (Oct. 5) and Miami (Oct. 8). The Eagles will then return to campus for a three-game home stand, albeit against three tough opponents: North Carolina (Oct. 14), Duke (Oct. 19), and Virginia (Oct. 22) Each of these programs were national seeds in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
Finally, the regular season will come to a close at Pittsburgh—a team that the Eagles have defeated four years in a row—on Oct. 26.
In total, BC will play 19 games—10 of which will be on home turf, and six of which are against teams that made last year’s NCAA Tournament.
BC only won three conference games in 2016. And it hasn’t won more than five since 2013.
Aside from its leading scorers—then-seniors McKenzie Meehan and Hayley Dowd—last year’s team was littered with youth. Now, with a year under its belt, the Eagles’ loaded sophomore class will get a second go around at the ACC and a chance to rebrand the program.
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