IU soccer announces 2015 spring schedule

Here’s the full release from IU:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University head men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley announced the program’s six-game spring soccer slate today, featuring four high-level matches in Bloomington.

“Playing against top level competition this spring will provide our staff and players with a honest evaluation as we prepare for next fall,” Yeagley said. “The ability to experiment and move our retuning players into new positions and roles will pay dividends heading into next season.”

The spring season begins on Tuesday, March 3 as the Hoosiers take on Louisville FC, Louisville’s USL PRO team beginning its inaugural season in 2015. The match will take place at 6 p.m. at Armstrong Stadium, weather permitting.

On Friday, March 6, Indiana will square off with the Indy Eleven at 5:30 p.m. at Armstrong Stadium. The meeting between IU and Indianapolis’ pro soccer franchise is part of the annual Coaches Symposium held on the IU campus.

“Our spring schedule will be a tremendous challenge as we face top level competition,” Yeagley said. “Playing against two professional teams in Indy Eleven and Louisville FC will be a big test for our team.”

Indiana returns to action on Thursday, April 2, playing host to Wright State at 6 p.m. at Armstrong Stadium. That is followed by its annual spring meeting with Notre Dame, taking place Saturday, April 11, at 6 p.m. ET in Fort Wayne. Part of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival, the Hoosiers-Fighting Irish matchup will take place at the University of Saint Francis’ Bishop John D’Arcy Football Stadium.

Indiana and Notre Dame last matched up on October 22, with the Hoosiers topping the then-No. 1 ranked Fighting Irish by a 1-0 score in Bloomington.

Saturday, April 18, features a meeting between Indiana and Butler at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind. The 7 p.m. match will be the Hoosiers’ first visit to the 400-acre sports complex. The Hoosiers and Bulldogs played to a 0-0 double overtime tie during the 2014 regular season.

“Our annual spring match in Ft. Wayne with in-state rival and ACC leader Notre Dame, will be a great contest with an atmosphere that replicates the fall season,” Yeagley said. “Our match with Butler up at Grand Park, a beautiful new soccer complex in Westfield will be an exciting match. Playing Wright State provides our team with another difficult opponent that we don’t see in the fall season.”

The highlight of the spring season for Indiana takes place on Tuesday, April 21, with the annual match against a Mexican Youth National Team side. After a move to Indianapolis last year, this year’s match will take place at Armstrong Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET.

“Wrapping up our spring contests against the Mexican Youth National team will be a highlight for our players, fans and community,” Yeagley said. “It’s an honor to host this special international match right here at Armstrong Stadium. The game day atmosphere and high level competition have made this match over the years one of the most entertaining events we host on campus . Matching up against some of the finest young international players in the world is a big challenge for our team and we love the challenge.”

This is the ninth meeting between the squads with Indiana holding a 2-6 record against its Mexican counterparts. Last year’s meeting resulted in a 3-0 victory for Mexico.

Admission to the Louisville FC, Indy Eleven, Wright State and Butler matches is free. Ticket prices and information for the match against Mexico will be available in the coming weeks. Ticket information for the match vs. Notre Dame will be available on the National Soccer Festival website (www.nationalsoccerfestival.com).

Indiana is coming off a season where it finished 12-5-5, advancing to the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament and earning a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers return seven starters from last year’s team, including NSCAA All-American Tanner Thompson and Big Ten Freshman of the Year Grant Lillard.

Day and Date Opponent Location Time
Tuesday, March 3 Louisville FC Bloomington, Ind. 6 p.m.
Friday, March 6 Indy Eleven Bloomington, Ind. 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 2 Wright State Bloomington, Ind. 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 11 Notre Dame Fort Wayne, Ind. 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 18 Butler Westfield, Ind. 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 21 Mexico Bloomington, Ind. 7:30 p.m.
* Schedule subject to change. Visit IUHoosiers.com for latest information