They won’t have to deal with that bitter taste in their mouths very long.
Just weeks removed from their runner-up showing in the NCAA Tournament, the IU men’s soccer program can already look ahead to another season. Indiana men’s soccer head coach Todd Yeagley announced the schedule for the 2021 season on Tuesday afternoon.
The schedule will feature 11 home games and a non-conference slate for the first time since the 2019 campaign. The list of opponents includes four teams ranked inside the top-60 of the final RPI rankings from a season ago.
“We are very excited to welcome our fans back to Armstrong Stadium this fall,” said Yeagley in a release by IU Athletics. “The atmosphere and energy inside Armstrong Stadium will play in important role in our continuous pursuit for championship success.”
Indiana made major renovations to Armstrong Stadium during 2020, but fans were not able to see them due to attendance restrictions during the pandemic.
Indiana will open the season at Notre Dame on Aug. 27 before opening Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Aug. 31 against in-state rival Butler.
The Hoosiers will host participating teams Creighton, Ohio State and Xavier as part of the IU Credit Union/adidas Classic from Sept. 3-6. IU will open the tournament at 8 p.m. on Sept. 3 against Creighton before playing Xavier at 8 p.m. on Sept. 6.
The remainder of the non-conference slate features home games against Omaha (Oct. 6), Trine (Oct. 9), Evansville (Oct. 20) and VCU (Oct. 27). The Hoosiers will also travel east to take on the Akron Zips on Sept. 10.
The winners of the last six Big Ten trophies will host four conference rivals Rutgers (Sept. 17), Michigan (Oct. 1), Ohio State (Oct. 12) and Wisconsin (Oct. 24) at Armstrong Stadium. Conversely, the Hoosiers will travel to Northwestern (Sept. 21), Michigan State (Sept. 26), Penn State (Oct. 17) and Maryland (Oct. 31) in league play.
Indiana’s Big Ten Tournament title defense will begin with the quarterfinals on Nov. 7. The semifinals and finals will take place the following week. Further determinations on sites and time have yet to be made.
The 2021 NCAA College Cup will take place Dec. 10 and 12 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. Dates for the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament will be announced at a later date.
Prior to the start of the regular season, the Hoosiers will play three exhibition matches. IU will face both DePaul (Aug. 16) and Louisville (Aug. 21) at Armstrong Stadium with a match against Wright State (Aug. 19) at Grand Park in Westfield sandwiched between.
2021 Men's Soccer Schedule Date Time At Opponent Location Tournament Result Aug 16 (Mon) 8:00 PM Home DePaul Bloomington, Ind. Aug 19 (Thu) 7:30 PM Neutral Wright State Westfield, Ind. (Grand Park) Aug 21 (Sat) TBD Home Louisville Bloomington, Ind. Aug 27 (Fri) 7:00 PM Away Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. Aug 31 (Tue) 8:00 PM Home Butler Bloomington, Ind. Sep 3 (Fri) 8:00 PM Home Creighton Bloomington, Ind. Sep 6 (Mon) 8:00 PM Home Xavier Bloomington, Ind. Sep 10 (Fri) 7:00 PM Away Akron Akron, Ohio Sep 17 (Fri) 8:00 PM Home Rutgers Bloomington, Ind. Sep 21 (Tue) TBA Away Northwestern Evanston, Ill. Sep 26 (Sun) 2:00 PM Away Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. Oct 1 (Fri) 7:30 PM Home Michigan Bloomington, Ind. Oct 6 (Wed) 7:30 PM Home Omaha Bloomington, Ind. Oct 9 (Sat) 7:30 PM Home Trine Bloomington, Ind. Oct 12 (Tue) 7:30 PM Home Ohio State Bloomington, Ind. Oct 17 (Sun) TBA Away Penn State University Park, Pa. Oct 20 (Wed) 7:00 PM Home Evansville Bloomington, Ind. Oct 24 (Sun) 1:00 PM Home Wisconsin Bloomington, Ind. Oct 27 (Wed) 7:00 PM Home VCU Bloomington, Ind. Oct 31 (Sun) 1:00 PM Away Maryland College Park, Md. Nov 7 (Sun) TBA Neutral Big Ten Tournament TBA Nov 12 (Fri) TBA Neutral Big Ten Tournament TBA Nov 14 (Sun) TBA Neutral Big Ten Tournament TBA Dec 10 (Fri) TBA Neutral NCAA College Cup Cary, N.C. Dec 12 (Sun) TBA Neutral NCAA College Cup Cary, N.C.
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