Indiana released the 2012 men’s soccer schedule this afternoon.
The Hoosiers begin the year in a tournament at St. Louis, then open the home slate with the IU Classic against Clemson and San Diego State.
Then IU will also face Akron and former Hoosier Caleb Porter at the Mike Berticelli Tournament in South Bend. The complete release follows:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Matchups against Clemson, San Diego State and Notre Dame highlight a slate of nine home matches in 2012 for the Indiana University men’s soccer team, it was announced today.
“We are very excited to announce our 2012 schedule,” said head coach Todd Yeagley. “Our strength of schedule will provide tough challenges week in and week out. Our non-conference match ups along with Big Ten opponents will provide for an exciting and challenging fall campaign. We look forward to seeing the Hoosier Army and all our loyal fans next fall at Armstrong Stadium.”
The Hoosiers will play a total of 18 regular-season matches in 2012, but will start competition with a pair of preseason matches in August. Indiana will play host to UIC on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at Bill Armstrong Stadium, before making its annual trek to the Shindigz National Soccer Festival in Fort Wayne on Saturday, Aug. 18. That night the Hoosiers will face CD Guadalajara (Chivas) at 7 p.m.
Chivas Guadalajara is the most successful club in Mexican football, having won 11 First Division titles, seven Campéon de Campeones, one Interliga, one Copa Challenger, four Copa Oros de Occidente and two Copa Mexico. Guadalajara is one of the 10 founding members of the Mexican First Division.
The season gets underway Aug. 24-26 at a tournament hosted by Saint Louis University. IU will face the host Billikens on Friday, Aug. 24, before matching up against Cincinnati on Sunday, Aug. 26.
The Hoosiers’ home opener will come in the annual adidas/IU Credit Union Classic, Aug. 31 and Sept. 2. Indiana opens the tournament against the Clemson Tigers on Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m., and will face San Diego State on Sunday, Sept. 2 (2 p.m.). Indiana is the defending Classic champion.
The following weekend Indiana will travel to the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament at Notre Dame. The Hoosiers face the Akron Zips on Friday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m., and Oregon State on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. The Hoosiers are the defending tournament champion.
A nonconference matchup against SIU-Edwardsville on Friday, Sept. 14 (7:30 p.m.) is followed by Indiana’s Big Ten opener at Ohio State on Sunday, Sept. 23. The Hoosiers then welcome Notre Dame back to Bloomington on Sept. 26 for a 7 p.m. matchup.
Conference play resumes for IU at Penn State on Sept. 29, followed by a short trip south to Kentucky on Oct. 3 (7 p.m.). The first of three home Big Ten matches comes on Oct. 6 when IU welcomes the Wisconsin Badgers to Bill Armstrong Stadium.
A Midweek nonconference games at Louisville (Oct. 10) is followed by a three-game homestand for IU, beginning with in-state foe Butler (Oct. 17). Michigan makes its way onto Jerry Yeagley Field on Oct. 20, followed by Evansville on Oct. 24 (7 p.m.).
The Hoosiers wrap up the regular season with a pair of Big Ten matches, traveling to Michigan State on Oct. 28 and playing host to Northwestern on Nov. 3.
The 2012 Big Ten Tournament will take place in Evanston, Ill., Nov. 7-11, with the first round of the NCAA Tournament being played on Nov. 15. The 2012 College Cup will take place Dec. 7-9 in Hoover, Ala.
The 2012 Big Ten Network broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date. Conference game times and dates are subject to change.
Indiana returns eight starters from its 2011 squad that finished 13-4-5 and advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament. Big Ten Freshman of the Year Eriq Zavaleta is back on the Armstrong Stadium pitch for IU, along with All-Big Ten first team selection Nikita Kotlov and Big Ten All-Freshman honoree Kerel Bradford.