Women's Soccer

Challenges Await as Nolan Sets up 2016 Women's Soccer Schedule

May 23, 2016

WASHINGTON - Highlighted by six games against teams that played in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, and featuring 10 games at Shaw Field, Georgetown University Head Women' Soccer Coach Dave Nolan announced the team's 2016 schedule.

The Hoyas finished the 2015 season with an 11-5-4 overall record and made their fourth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Georgetown posted a 6-1-2 mark in the BIG EAST Conference and finished in second place in league play.

"This Fall's schedule is easily the toughest schedule in program history," Nolan said. "It is highlighted by matchups against four of the top-eight seeded programs in last year's national championship (Rutgers, Stanford, Virginia and West Virginia).

"Local rivalries against George Mason and George Washington University and the visit of Colorado College will really present us with some challenges and regional contests against Towson and Delaware ensure that our non-conference schedule will help prepare us for BIG EAST Play."

Georgetown plays six of its first seven games at home at Shaw Field, starting on Friday, Aug. 19 against Towson (4 p.m.). The Hoyas will be tested early in the season when Stanford - a No. 1 seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament - visits on Sunday, Aug. 21 (1 p.m.).

The homestand continues with a pair of non-league games, first on Thursday, Aug. 25 against Delaware (4 p.m.) and closes out on Sunday, Aug. 28 against Colorado College (1 p.m.). The team's first road game is at 2015 NCAA College Cup participant Rutgers on Friday, Sept. 2 (7 p.m.).

GU returns home for a pair of games, first against local rival George Mason on Thursday, Sept. 8 (4 p.m.). The weekend closes out on Sunday, Sept. 11 (1 p.m.) when the Blue & Gray host Virginia - another No. 1 seed from last year's NCAA Tournament.

The Hoyas play a pair of away games before opening conference play, first at George Washington on Thursday, Sept. 15 (3 p.m.) and then at West Virginia, a 2015 NCAA Tournament team, on Sunday, Sept. 18 (1 p.m.).

BIG EAST Conference play begins with a pair of home games, against Providence on Sunday, Sept. 25 (1 p.m.) and then against Villanova on Thursday, Sept. 29 (3 p.m.).

Four of the next five league games are on the road, playing at Xavier (Sunday, Oct. 2, 1 p.m.), at St. John's (Thursday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m.), at Marquette (Sunday, Oct. 16, 1 p.m.) and at Seton Hall (Thursday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.). In between, the Hoyas host Butler on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m.

The home schedule closes on Sunday, Oct. 23 against DePaul (1 p.m.) and the team plays its final regular season game at Creighton on Friday, Oct. 28 (7 p.m.).

"The road to a BIG EAST Championship will go through the usual powers such as Marquette, De Paul and St. Johns but as last year's winner (Butler) proved, the conference is still a very tough battlefield," Nolan said. "The team has put in a lot of hard work this Spring and are energized by this schedule as we get a wonderful opportunity to test ourselves against some great players and opponents."

Georgetown opens the season with a pair of exhibition games, first on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at American (5 p.m.) and then at home on Saturday, Aug. 13 against Maryland (5 p.m.).

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