Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg athletics and head women's soccer coach Dr. Todd Olsen are thrilled to announce the defending Old Dominion Athletic Conference champions' 2018 match schedule.
This season's slate includes its share of challenges, including three matches against squads that, like Lynchburg, ended the 2017 season ranked in the United Soccer Coaches top 25 poll -- Carnegie Mellon, Christopher Newport, and league rival Virginia Wesleyan.
The Hornets will kick off the season with three consecutive weekends of tournament play, beginning with Lynchburg's own Shellenberger Classic. The team will play host to Gettysburg Friday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. to open the year and will take on Maryville the following afternoon at 4:30.
Lynchburg will travel to Salem, Va., for the Roanoke Invitational Soccer Showcase the following weekend, where it will square off with Carnegie Mellon and Adrian. The following weekend brings with it a trip to Sewanee, Tenn., for yet another tournament, where the Hornets will face Emory University and the host Tigers of Sewanee.
The Hornets return home for a non-conference affair with St. Mary's (Md.) Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 5 p.m., a prelude to an Saturday, Sept. 22 ODAC opener at crosstown rival Randolph at 3 p.m.
Lynchburg will play just two remaining non-conference contests, both at home: Wednesday, Sept. 26 vs. Christopher Newport and Sunday, Oct. 14 vs. Salem. Lynchburg won against both opponents in 2017 by means of overtime golden goals.
The ODAC slate brings five conference foes to Shellenberger Field, all in the month of October; Lynchburg will play its league home-opener against Randolph-Macon, Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. Dates with Emory & Henry (Saturday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m.), Washington and Lee (Wednesday, Oct. 17, 5 p.m.), and Shenandoah (Saturday, Oct. 20, 4 p.m.) follow before the regular-season finale and first-ever ODAC date with newly added Ferrum on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.
Lynchburg's women are in search of the program's 12th-straight NCAA Division III tournament appearance. The Hornets finished 2017 with a 20-4 record, the program's 15th ODAC championship, and its sixth trip to the national tournament's Round of 16. Lynchburg was ranked No. 15 in the nation in the final United Soccer Coaches poll of the season.
Follow this link to view the full 2018 Lynchburg women's soccer schedule.