Emmitsburg, Md. (May 16, 2018) – Another step in the return of men's soccer to Mount St. Mary's University has arrived as head coach Bryan Cunningham has announced his 2018 schedule. Eight home games highlight the schedule, including the home opener against Bucknell on Friday, August 24.
"I am excited for our players, fans and alumni to welcome soccer back to the Mount," said Cunningham. "We have crafted a great non-conference schedule highlighted by tradition rich teams from the Big Ten Conference, the Big East Conference, the Patriot League and the Atlantic 10 Conference. We will always challenge ourselves against the best non-conference opponents to better position ourselves for the highly competitive Northeast Conference (NEC). I look forward to August when the players report to begin our 2018 journey."
The Mountaineers will play a pair of exhibition games at George Washington (August 15) and at West Virginia (August 19) before hosting Bucknell to kick-off the official return of men's soccer to the Mount.
The Mount and Bucknell will meet on Friday, August 24, at 7:00 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium on campus. The Mountaineers are 6-3 all-time against the Bison, but this will be the first meeting between the two teams since a 1-0 Bucknell win on October 27, 2002. The first road game of the season occurs Monday, August 27, against longtime rival Loyola. The Greyhounds own a 23-4-1 lead in the all-time series with the Mountaineers, and this will be the first matchup between the schools since a 3-2 Loyola win on September 3, 2009.
The Mount returns home to face Rutgers out of the Big 10 Conference on Friday, August 31, at 7:00 p.m. It will be the first-ever meeting between the Mount and the Scarlet Knights. The Mount is 1-0 all-time against the Big 10 Conference, a 1-0 victory over Wisconsin on Sept. 7, 2003, at the UNLV Tournament. A pair of road games follow at American (September 7) and George Mason (Sept. 9). The Mountaineers are 11-4-2 all-time against American, but the teams have not played since 1989. Mount St. Mary's is 2-5 all-time against George Mason with this being the first meeting between the two schools since 1978.
The Mount hosts Howard on Wednesday, September 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium. The Mount is 7-9-5 all-time against Howard, but has won the past three matchups, including a 1-0 win on the road in 2012. The Mount will then travel to Army West Point on Saturday, September 15, for the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The final two non-conference matchups are a home game against VMI on September 22, and a road contest at St. John's on September 25. The Mountaineers are 4-2 all-time against the Keydets, and this will be the first-ever meeting between the Mount and the Red Storm.
Mount St. Mary's returns to Northeast Conference play with home games against Fairleigh Dickinson (September 28) and Sacred Heart (October 5). The Mountaineers are 8-15-3 all-time against the Knights, including a 4-5-2 mark at home. Mount St. Mary's is 4-6-4 all-time against Sacred Heart. The Mount begins a three-game NEC road swing at Saint Francis University on October 7. The Mount is 11-8-4 all-time against the Red Flash, including a 0-0 tie in the Mount's last men's soccer game on Nov. 4, 2012. The Mountaineers visit Central Connecticut on October 12 and LIU Brooklyn on October 14. Mount St. Mary's is 6-9-0 all-time against CCSU while holding a 9-11-4 record against LIU Brooklyn.
The Mount's final two home games will be against Bryant on October 19 and Robert Morris on October 26. Mount St. Mary's is 4-0 all-time against the Bulldogs while posting a 9-12-5 all-time record against the Colonials. The final game of the regular season will be at defending NEC champion St. Francis Brooklyn on November 4. The Mountaineers are 10-12-2 all-time against the Terriers.
A promotional schedule for home games will be announced at a later date.
Mount St. Mary's announced the reinstatement of the men's NCAA Division I soccer program in August of 2016, and hired Cunningham as the sixth head coach in program history in January of 2017.