TOWSON, Md. – The Goucher College women's soccer released its 2017 schedule on Thursday, marking the program's 27th season. The 2017 calendar includes two teams that advanced to the 2016 NCAA Tournament, five new nonconference opponents and 13 teams the Gophers played in 2016.
The Gophers will be hitting the field without head coach Tati Korba for the first time since 2005. Korba accumulated a record 71 wins while at Goucher as the only full-time coach in program history and sixth coach overall. A national search for Korba's successor is currently underway.
The Gophers will open up the season against four teams that are strangers to the program: Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Sept. 1), Methodist (Sept. 2), Neumann (Sept. 6) and Eastern (Sept. 9). Goucher has only played Neumann twice in program history, holding a 1-0-1 record. The two teams last squared off in 1999 when they played to a tie. However, Goucher holds a 9-1 aggregate advantage in the series.
Following the streak of new opponents, the Gophers will take on three more nonconference opponents prior to entering conference play against Juniata on Sept. 23. They will then play McDaniel in a midweek nonconference matchup before traveling to Selinsgrove, Pa. to take on the River Hawks of Susquehanna.
October is a challenging month as the Gophers enter the heart of their season grind. First, they play Delaware Valley – a team Goucher hasn't played since 2005 – and return to Landmark Conference play to take on Moravian (Oct. 7), Catholic (Oct. 11) and Elizabethtown (Oct 14). Both matches against the Greyhounds and Cardinals will be on the road while the Blue Jays come to Beldon Field to start a three-game home stand for the Gophers. The remaining two games at home are Hood (Oct. 17) and Scranton (Oct. 21).
Goucher finishes up the regular season on the road traveling to Notre Dame (Md.) on Oct. 24 and Drew on Oct. 28.
The Landmark Conference Tournament will commence on Nov. 1 with the top two seeds hosting the bottom two seeds. The finals will be hosted by the highest remaining seed on Nov. 4. The 2017 NCAA Tournament will begin Nov. 11.
A few notes on the 2017 opponents:
Wisconsin-Oshkosh: 10-9-1; advanced to the WIAC semifinal match; lost to UW-Whitewater 3-1
Methodist: 9-6-2; advanced to USA South semifinal match; lost 3-2 to Salem in OT
Neumann: 9-9-1; defeated in the CSAC First Round by Centenary, 5-3; lost ECAC First Round to Albright, 6-0
Eastern: 8-11-0; member of the MAC Freedom
Wesley: 4-11-1; member of the Capital Athletic Conference
Mary Washington: 11-6-2; bowed out of CAC semifinal match against Christopher Newport, 2-0
Widener: 4-11-2; member of the MAC Commonwealth
Juniata: 4-9-3 overall; 0-7-0 in Landmark Conference play
McDaniel: 18-3-1; advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament Third Round; fell to Brandeis 1-0
Susquehanna: 12-6-0 overall; 4-3-0 in Landmark Conference play; lost to Scranton in Landmark Conference semifinal match, 1-0
Delaware Valley: 3-13-1; member of the MAC Freedom
Moravian: 10-7-1 overall; 5-2-0 in Landmark Conference play; fell to Scranton in Landmark Conference finals, 2-0
Catholic: 11-4-0 overall; 4-3-0 in Landmark Conference play; fell to Moravian 4-3 (2OT) in Landmark Conference semifinal match
Elizabethtown: 6-10-0 overall; 4-3-0 in Landmark Conference play
Hood: 3-12-2; member of the MAC Commonwealth
Scranton: 17-1-2 overall; 7-0-0 in Landmark Conference play; fell to Connecticut College in PK's during NCAA Division III First Round
Notre Dame (Md.): 3-11-1; member of the CSAC
Drew: 6-10-1 overall; 2-5-0 in Landmark Conference play