GREENSBORO, N.C. – On Wednesday, head coach Michael Coll announced the Spartans' 19-game slate for the 2017 season. The schedule features one exhibition and nine games played at the UNCG Soccer Stadium in Greensboro.
UNCG commences the campaign with a home exhibition against Campbell on Aug. 12. Less than a week later, the Spartans will open the regular season with a tremendous road test, making way for Tallahassee, Florida to take on defending Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament champion and perennial power Florida State on the 18th.
The Spartans remain on the road Aug. 21, battling in-state foe Charlotte before making their regular season home debut on the 24th versus Elon. UNCG will face its second ACC opponent in four games on the 27th, hosting Clemson in the Gate City.
UNCG's tussle with the Tigers will mark the return of Spartan men's soccer alum and former head coach Eddie Radwanski. Radwanski manned the bench for UNCG for 10 seasons from 2001-10, ammassing a 139-65-13 record and winning the Southern Conference regular season or tournament championship in eight of those 10 campaigns.
The Blue and Gold will play eight times in September, beginning with a pair of road matches on the 1st and 4th at Appalachian State and High Point, respectively. The Spartans will then host a couple of home games on the 8th and 10th, taking on Longwood and VCU.
UNCG will resume road play much of the rest of September, facing a three game road stretch. On the 17th, the Spartans hit Williamsburg, Virginia for a meeting with William & Mary. SoCon action begins for UNCG on the 22nd with a game against Wofford in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Just a couple of short days later, the Spartans face Furman in Greenville, South Carolina. The Blue and Gold wrap up September on the 29th at home against ETSU.
The Spartans stay at home on October 1, facing off against Western Carolina before taking on defending SoCon regular season and tournament champ Samford on the 6th in Birmingham, Alabama. UNCG closes out the road portion of its schedule on the 8th, heading to the Volunteer State to play Chattanooga.
UNCG will have a three-game stretch at home to finish the 2017 campaign. The Spartans take on VMI on the 15th before hosting Mercer on the 20th. The Blue and Gold round things out on the 22nd, battling The Citadel at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.
The SoCon Championships will begin October 28 and 29, with the quarterfinal round being hosted by the higher seed. The semifinals and championship game will be played November 3 and 5 on the campus of Samford in Birmingham.