TULSA, Okla. -- Oral Roberts men's soccer Head Coach Ryan Bush announced the team's schedule for the upcoming 2017 season on Wednesday. The Golden Eagles will hold 11 home matches throughout the campaign with the first two games being exhibition contests.
"We are excited about the upcoming schedule and playing some of the top college soccer programs around the region and country," Head Coach Ryan Bush said. "One of the goals of our non-conference slate is to prepare us for our Summit League schedule. We have a great blend of teams on the schedule to do just that."
"There is a lot of excitement around the upcoming season as we add a young and eager recruiting class with a solid group of returners. The expectations are high and this should prove to be a great schedule for the group to really prove themselves on a regional and national level."
ORU will play its first six games of the season inside the friendly confines of the Case Soccer Complex. The Golden Eagles will play their first exhibition match against USAO on Aug. 15 and their second on Aug. 19 against cross-town rival Tulsa.
The Golden Eagles will open the regular season on Aug. 25 against Incarnate Word at home and will close out the month of August against Big 10 Conference opponent Wisconsin on Aug. 27 at the Case Soccer Complex.
On September 21, ORU will host its second Big 10 Conference opponent of the season when Rutgers visits the Case Soccer Complex on Sept. 1. The Golden Eagles will finish their home stand against Bacone College on Sept. 7. The team will then hit the road for the next four games beginning with a trip to Missouri State on Sept 16. ORU will then head west to face Grand Canyon on Sept. 22 and UNLV on Sept. 24.The Golden Eagles will play their first Summit League match of the season at IUPUI on Sept. 30.
Missouri State will make the return trip to Case Soccer Complex on Oct. 3. ORU will play its first Summit League match of the season against Fort Wayne on Oct. 7 at Case Soccer Complex. The Golden Eagles will travel to Eastern Illinois on Oct. 14 and then to SMU on Oct. 17. ORU will play the defending Summit League Champions, Denver, at the Case Soccer Complex on Oct. 21 and will host Western Illinois for senior day on Oct. 28. The Golden Eagles will visit Central Arkansas on Oct. 31 and then head to Omaha to play the Mavericks in their final regular season match on Nov. 4.
The top four teams will advance to the Summit League tournament Nov. 9-11 for a chance at the Summit League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
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