June 1, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer program released its schedule for 2016 on Wednesday. The Hoyas will play a host of challenging non-conference games, and also have an exciting BIG EAST Conference slate.
"Each year we try to put a schedule in place that puts us in the best possible situation to succeed in the postseason, and I feel we've been able to do that again," said Head Coach Brian Wiese. "We will travel to some of the hardest venues in the nation to win in, and we are looking forward to trying to defend our BIG EAST title."
GU had an impressive 2015 season with a mark of 16-2-3 overall and 9-0-0 in BIG EAST Conference play. After opening the year 0-2-1, Georgetown went on a program record 18-game unbeaten streak including a 14-game win streak. With the Blue & Gray failing to advance in the NCAA Tournament, the unbeaten streak will continue into 2016.
Along the way, the Hoyas won the BIG EAST Regular Season title with a perfect 9-0-0 record. It was the fifth time in program history that the Hoyas have won the regular season championship with the last coming in 2013 and the last outright championship coming during the 2010 campaign. The last time a team went a perfect 9-0-0 during the BIG EAST Regular Season was the University of Louisville in 2009.
Additionally, Georgetown won the BIG EAST Championship crown, marking the first time in program history that the Hoyas won the league's postseason tournament. The Blue & Gray was the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The squad will face challenges, however, as the team lost six players to the professional ranks including four MLS draft picks and two more MLS signees. Additionally, two key seniors graduated as GU will look to fill eight holes on the pitch.
In 20 total games in 2016, including three exhibitions, the Hoyas will face six 2015 NCAA Tournament qualifiers and two ranked among the top 16 seeded squads.
The Blue & Gray will play eight home games including four against conference opponents. The format of the league has each team meeting once. GU will host Xavier on Sept. 24 to open the conference home schedule. The squad will also host DePaul (Oct. 15), St. John's (Oct. 22) and Villanova (Oct. 29).
The Hoyas' BIG EAST road schedule opens at Providence (Sept. 17) with Butler (Oct. 1), Marquette (Oct. 8), Seton Hall (Oct. 26) and Creighton (Nov. 3) following.
Georgetown will open the season with three road exhibition games against Elon on Aug. 13, Duke on Aug. 16 and Virginia on Aug. 20.
The non-conference schedule begins with a weekend in Ohio. The Hoyas will face College Cup qualifier Akron on Aug. 26, and then West Virginia in a neutral-site competition on Aug. 28. The Blue & Gray will finish up the road swing with a game at local-rival and NCAA qualifier Maryland on Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. This is the third year of the renewed rivalry between the squads.
GU will open play at Shaw Field on Sept. 5, playing host to Virginia Tech. Five days later, Connecticut will journey to the Hilltop for a matchup on Sept. 10. The Huskies qualified for last year's NCAA Tournament.
The Hoyas will travel to William & Mary on Sept. 13, before opening the BIG EAST schedule at Providence on Sept. 17. Georgetown will host American on Sept. 27, and Princeton on Oct. 18 for the final two home non-conference games of the season.
The BIG EAST Championship will be played at home sites this season with the higher seed hosting. The top six teams in the league will qualify for the championship. The first round is scheduled for Nov. 6, while the semifinals will be played on Nov. 10. The championship game is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 13.
Georgetown opens training in mid-August.