TULSA, Okla. -- Oral Roberts women's soccer Head Coach Roger Bush announced the team's upcoming schedule for the 2017 campaign on Tuesday. The schedule features 12 matches at home, two power conference opponents and two matches against NCAA Tournament qualifiers from a year ago.
"We are excited about the continued and ongoing competitive nature of our game schedule," Head Coach Roger Bush said. I'm confident our players and staff are eager to tackle yet another demanding non-conference slate of games in 2017, as well as the rigors of the Summit League component of the schedule."
"Our scheduling process has evolved to seek out teams who play in the NCAA Tournament, contend for conference championships and provide opportunity to leverage competition for growth. Our team has a ton of respect for each of the 2017 opponents that are part of our schedule, and that is all that is needed to motivate our efforts to work now."
ORU will open the year with three-straight home matches at the Case Soccer Complex as the Golden Eagles play host to UMKC to begin the regular season on August 18 before facing off with Loyola Chicago on Aug. 20 and Kansas State from the Big 12 Conference on Aug. 24. The Golden Eagles will close out the month of August on the road at Sam Houston State on Aug. 27 and at Arkansas State on Aug. 31.
The Golden Eagles will play six of their eight games in September at home. ORU will have a three-game home stand beginning Sept. 3 against Utah Valley State, followed by Abilene Christian on Sept. 8 and concluding with Central Arkansas on Sept. 10. The Golden Eagles will take the short trip to Springfield, Missouri, to face Missouri State on Sept. 12 before returning home to compete in the Spectrum Cup against cross-town rival Tulsa on Sept. 15. ORU will then face Arkansas in Fayetteville on Sept. 17. The team will then finish out the month of September at home against UTRGV on Sept. 22 and begin Summit League play against Western Illinois on Sept. 29.
The Golden Eagles will travel to North Dakota State to face the Bison on Oct. 6 followed by a trip to South Dakota to play the Coyotes on Oct. 8. ORU will host Denver on Oct. 12, Omaha on Oct. 20 and have its final home match of the season against defending Summit League Champions South Dakota State on Oct. 22.
ORU will have two road games to cap off the regular season beginning at IUPUI on Oct. 26 and at Fort Wayne on Oct. 29.
The top four teams will advance to the Summit League tournament Nov. 2-4 for a chance at the Summit League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
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