COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five national tournament qualifiers, three conference champions, and its first Division I opponent are included in the Capital University women's soccer team's game schedule for the 2017 season. The Purple and White are set to begin regular season play on Sept. 1 when they hit the road for regional foe Kenyon College.
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Opponents lined up for the 2017 season include five national tournament qualifiers and three conference champions. Of the 17 opponents on the Crusaders' docket, they have a combined overall record of 168-126-32 (.564) from the 2016 season. Of their 17 matches, nine will be played at home.
Following two home exhibition matches, the Crusaders will open the 2017 season with a battle of purple supremacy against the Ladies of Kenyon College. Bernlohr Stadium will host its first matches of the season less than one week later.
Capital's home slate begins with a pair of nationally ranked opponents in No. 8 Thomas More College and No. 23 Carnegie Mellon University. Thomas More is making its return trip for a home-and-home series that began last year, a year in which the Saints won the President's Athletic Conference championship and advancing to the third round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. That match will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.
The Tartans of Carnegie Mellon received an at-large bid to last year's tournament and finished the year inside the top 25, nationally. That match will occur just three days after facing the Saints, on Friday, Sept. 8. Cap will play a third straight home match the following day against DePauw University of the North Coast Athletic Conference.
Capital will then take a week off and come back for a Sunday evening road match on Sept. 17 against Division I opponent Wright State University. It would mark the first time Capital played a Division I opponent in regular season action in recorded history as a varsity program.
To close out the month of September, Capital will play road contests against Wittenberg University (Sept. 20) and Ohio Wesleyan University (Sept. 27), and host defending four-time Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference champion Hanover College.
The Purple and White open its conference season against rival Otterbein University on the road on Saturday, Sept. 30. Its OAC home opener will be played against Wilmington College on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.
The OAC regular season champion Ohio Northern University Polar Bears come to Bernlohr Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 7 for another high-quality showdown. Each of the last four matches between these two teams have come down to one goal or penalty kicks to determine a winner.
The University of Mount Union, the defending OAC Tournament champions and the conference's representative at the 2016 NCAA Tournament, will also come to Bernlohr Stadium the following week for a Saturday afternoon contest.
After two road games against Marietta College (Oct. 18) and John Carroll University (Oct. 21), Capital will close out the regular season with a pair of home contests. They will first host Heidelberg University (Oct. 24) and then bring Baldwin Wallace University to town for the regular season finale.
Capital is coming off a season in which it earned the No. 2 seed in the OAC Tournament but lost to eventual champion, Mount Union. Matt Ogden in his third year looks to improve upon a 9-8-1 overall record and a 6-2-1 conference ledger from the 2016 season.