Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's soccer team has released its 2018 schedule. The Hornets, under the direction of second year head coach Katy Ebner, will face a challenging 15 game regular season slate, with seven home matches and eight on the road.
The complete 2018 schedule can be found HERE.
Lyndon opens play with a pair of non-conference road games on September 1st and 2nd, at Plymouth State University and Becker College respectively. Plymouth, members of the Little East Conference, went 7-9 a year ago, while Becker posted an 11-10 mark and reached the New England Collegiate Conference semi-finals.
Next, the Hornets will face perhaps one of their stiffest challenges of the season when they travel to Burlington to face St. Michael's College. The Purple Knights are an NCAA Division II institution that competes in the Northeast-10 Conference.
The Hornets will begin a string of four straight home games with a pair of non-conference matches on September 8th and 9th. On the 8th, they will host Mitchell College before facing Curry College on the 9th. Mitchell, a NECC member, edged the Hornets in overtime a year ago. Curry reached the Commonwealth Coast Conference semi-finals last season.
The Hornets will open NAC play when Thomas College comes to Varsity Field on September 15th. The Terriers defeated the Hornets, 2-0, in 2017.
The following Saturday, September 22nd, the Hornets will host the University of Maine at Presque Isle in a Homecoming Weekend contest. This season will be the inaugural one in the NAC for the Owls.
The Hornets go back on the road on September 29th when they travel to Maine Maritime Academy. The Mariners are coming off of a NAC playoff appearance a year ago, when they reached the conference quarter-finals.
Lyndon will host NVU-Johnson on October 3rd. In addition to this being a pivotal NAC contest, this match will be a part of the President's Challenge Cup, an annual competition for athletic supremacy between the two Northern Vermint University campuses.
Another former NAC member, Green Mountain College, travels to Varsity Field on October 6th. The Eagles have left the NCAA and are no competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Hornets and Eagles played to a 3-3 overtime tie in 2017.
Lyndon will go on the road on October 13th when they travel to Pine Manor College. Last season the Gators scored a game tying goal in the final minutes of regulation, then found the back of the net again 28 seconds into overtime to come away with a 4-3 victory.
The Hornets will go on the road to face another NAC newcomer, SUNY Canton, on Saturday, October 13th. Last season the Roos reached the American Collegiate Athletic Association championship game and qualified for the United States Collegiate Athletic Association national tournament.
The home campaign comes to a close two days later, when Lyndon hosts Norwich University. The Cadets picked up a 2-0 win over the Hornets in last year's season finale.
Two NAC road games in Maine round out the schedule. On October 20th the Hornets will play at Husson University, and three days later they will travel to the University of Maine at Farmington. Both teams were NAC playoff participants in 2017, with Husson falling in overtime of the championship game.
The top six finishers in the NAC conference standings will qualify for the conference championship tournament. The quarter-finals will be played on October 27th or 28th, with the Final Four played the following weekend on the home pitch of the regular season champion.
Lyndon will be looking to improve on their 2017 campaign, which saw the Hornets finish with an 0-13-1 overall record and an 0-8-1 mark in NAC play.