IU soccer announces 2019 schedule

The Indiana men’s soccer team won’t travel any further west than Chicago this fall, but that won’t keep the Hoosiers’ 2019 schedule from having a West Coast feel.

IU coach Todd Yeagley announced this fall’s slate, which includes 10 home matches at Armstrong Stadium, on Thursday with four opponents from the Pacific time zone.

For the first time since 2015, Indiana will open the season at home, taking on Pittsburgh in the IU Classic opener on Aug. 30 before hosting UCLA on Sept. 1. The Hoosiers and Bruins have a lengthy history with IU leading the all-time series, 10-8, although the teams have not met since the 2013 IU Classic.

Both Classic opponents finished last year inside the RPI top-50, and eight more of Indiana’s 2019 foes finished likewise, including five in the top-20.

“Our 2019 schedule will once again have us facing some of the nation’s top teams,” Yeagley said in a release. “Having three Big Ten teams in last year’s College Cup demonstrates the quality and talent found within all our Big Ten programs. Knowing that we get our opponents’ best performance each time we take the field allows our team to learn and grow throughout the regular season. We look forward to seeing all our great fans out at Armstrong Stadium this fall.”

After the opening weekend, IU will head to South Bend for the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament where the Hoosiers will face Denver and Seattle.

Indiana has four additional non-conference home matches against Notre Dame, Sacramento State, Kentucky and Evansville with a lone non-conference road trip to Butler.

Big Ten play begins on Sept. 20 against Wisconsin, and other conference home games are against Michigan, Rutgers and Ohio State in the return of former IU player and assistant Brian Maisonneuve.

The Big Ten Tournament semifinals and finals are at a neutral site to be announced. Grand Park in Westfield has hosted the event for the past three years.

If the Hoosiers can make a run to a third straight College Cup, they’ll never have to travel west of the Mississippi River with the final four scheduled for Dec. 13 and 15 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.