SEATTLE – (June 14) Seattle University men’s soccer has released its schedule for the 2018 season. The Redhawks will look to defend their 2017 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championship and return to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time since 2013.
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Seattle U will face a demanding slate in 2018, facing three NCAA Tournament qualifiers. It begins the campaign at New Mexico on Aug. 24. The Redhawks host Cal Poly in the home opener at Championship Field on Aug. 31. Two nights later, UC Santa Barbara visits campus.
On Sept. 7, SU welcomes Akron to Championship Field for a rematch from last season’s NCAA Tournament. It wraps a four-game homestand on Sept. 9, as CSUN comes to Seattle.
From there, the Redhawks hit the road for six straight contests, including a date at new-WAC member Cal Baptist on Sept. 13. Following trips to Loyola Marymount and San Diego, Seattle U makes the short jaunt to Washington for its annual Seattle Cup showdown on Sept. 23. The Redhawks won, 3-2 in overtime, at UW in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
SU heads to Kansas City and Houston Baptist for WAC action to close September. On Oct. 5, it takes on UNLV at Championship Field. The Redhawks then face Grand Canyon and CSU Bakersfield at home.
Trips to Utah Valley (Oct. 18) and defending WAC regular-season champion and NCAA qualifier Air Force (Oct. 20) follow. SU closes its regular-season home slate with matches against UTRGV (Oct. 26) and Incarnate Word (Oct. 28). It plays at San Jose State on Nov. 2 in the regular-season finale.
Seattle U will host the 2018 WAC Championship from Nov. 7-11, as the top six teams advance to the conference tournament. SU last hosted the event following the 2014 season.
Last year, Coach Pete Fewing guided SU to its third WAC Championship in the last five seasons. The Redhawks followed with a 3-2 overtime win at Washington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Fewing returns for his 25th season at Seattle U in 2018. He will coach his 500th career game this year and needs 11 more wins to notch his 300th all-time victory.