The Indiana University men’s soccer team announced its schedule for the 2017 season on Wednesday.
The Hoosiers will play 11 of their 17 regular-season matches against teams which were in the top 100 of the RPI a year ago and seven in the top 50, as well as six NCAA Tournament teams.
The season begins on the road at the Mike Berticelli Memorial in South Bend on Aug. 25 and 27 against Cal Poly and San Diego, before Indiana returns home for the IU Classic the weekend of Sept. 1 and 3. The Hoosiers will host San Francisco in the home opener, then entertain South Florida. Both games kick off at 8 p.m.
“Our 2017 schedule will bring excitement and top programs to Armstrong Stadium,” IU coach Todd Yeagley said in a release. “This year’s schedule will include our regional and Big Ten rivals, in addition to top teams from the West Coast. With a strong returning team and a talented incoming class, we feel our 2017 team is prepared to have a special year. We look forward seeing all of great fans and the Hoosier Army out at Armstrong Stadium this fall.”
Other non-conference home games are Notre Dame, Santa Clara, Evansville and Kentucky. The lone non-conference road match will be at Butler on Oct. 18.
IU opens Big Ten play at Maryland on Sept. 8, then returns home to host Michigan on Sept. 13. Other Big Ten home games are Rutgers, Ohio State and Wisconsin with the latter two as part of a doubleheader with the IU women’s team.
Season tickets for 2017 are now on sale at $30 for adults and $10 for ages 3-18. Children two and under are free. Each adult season ticket also comes with a $10 concession voucher. Indiana University faculty/staff and students receive free admission with school ID on game day. Season tickets can be purchased at the IU Athletics Ticket office, by phone at 1-866-IUSPORTS or online at IUHoosiers.com. Single-game tickets go on sale in July.
Prior to the start of the regular season, IU will play three exhibition matches, starting with Xavier at Armstrong Stadium on Aug. 14. The Hoosiers will also play Louisville at Grand Park in Westfield Aug. 17 and will play Duke in Fort Wayne at the Shindigz National Soccer Festival on Aug. 19.
As for the postseason, the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals will be hosted on campus sites on Nov. 5, while the semifinals and final will be hosted by Grand Park for the second straight year on Nov. 10 and 12.