Indiana University men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley announced the team’s spring schedule on Wednesday, highlighted by the Hoosiers’ annual matchup with the Mexican Youth National team at Armstrong Stadium.
“Our team has been working hard since arriving back to school in January, and they are excited to kick off our spring exhibition season,” Yeagley said in a news release. “These matches will give our staff an opportunity to experiment with lineups, as well as fine tune roles and relationships with our returning players. Playing against tough competition this spring will provide a good measuring stick for our players and staff as we prepare for the fall season.”
The spring schedule starts Feb. 25 when Indiana will face both Valparaiso and Evansville in Bloomington at Mellencamp Pavilion. IU will also play Xavier at Mellencamp on March 3. These matches will be closed to the public due to lack of space inside Mellencamp Pavilion.
The Hoosiers head to Grand Park in Westfield on March 5 for an indoor match against the Swope Park Rangers of the United Soccer League. The Rangers were 14-10-6 en route a fourth-place finish in the USL Western Conference last season.
The annual spring meeting with Notre Dame in Fort Wayne will take place on April 8 at 7 p.m. as part of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival, before IU returns to Grand Park to face Cincinnati at 7 p.m. on April 21 in the Crossroads of America College Showcase.
The spring campaign will be capped off when Indiana hosts the U18 Mexican Youth National Team at 2 p.m. on April 30 at Armstrong Stadium. tadium.
“Hosting the Mexican Youth National team in Bloomington has been a highlight event for our soccer program for the past 10 years,” Yeagley said. “Our community, fans and players all enjoy this spectacular match at Armstrong Stadium. The quality of play from Mexico and the festive crowd make this a unique and special spring match.”
This is the 11th meeting between the squads with Indiana holding a 4-6 record against its Mexican counterparts. Last year’s meeting resulted in a 2-0 victory for Indiana over the Mexican U20 team.
Tickets for the Mexico match will be $10 for the public, $5 for youth (ages 3-18), $4 for groups of 25 or more and $5 for IU students, faculty and staff with valid ID. Admission for ages 2 and under is free and all seating will be general admission. To purchase tickets, visit IUHoosiers.com.