The Sweet Briar College soccer team and Head Coach Amy Dahlin have released their 2017 season schedule. The fall slate features nine matches at Babcock Field, including four of the team's first five tilts.
SBC will kick off its regular season on Sept. 1 when William Peace comes to campus, but that's not before the Vixens will play two exhibition matches. The warm-up matches will take place at John Wesley (Aug. 26) and home versus Christendom (Aug. 28).
"I am really optimistic about the upcoming season," said Dahlin. "We have gotten a lot more athletic and our upperclasswomen have a wealth of knowledge against our conference opponents, which will take us far."
Before diving into Old Dominion Athletic Conference play, Sweet Briar will play five non-conference games, including three against other women's colleges. After the home opener, the Vixens will host Wesleyan (Ga.) on Sept. 2 and soon after on Sept. 6, Regent. Then SBC will hit the road and take on Cedar Crest College on Sept. 16.
As part of a very busy weekend, the Sweet Briar soccer team will host Trinity (D.C) on Saturday, Sept. 23 during Founder's Weekend. To cap the weekend activities, the team will be hosting its annual Alumnae Game on Sunday, Sept. 24.
Dahlin said that her entire team always looks forward to and gets excited about the annual Alumnae Game "And by hosting it during Founder's Weekend, we expect a great turnout of alumnae players and supporters. It should really be a great weekend to celebrate everything that makes Sweet Briar great."
Following Founder's Weekend, the SBC soccer team will turn its attention to ODAC play, which gets underway at Bridgewater on Sept. 27. SBC will also play on the road at Eastern Mennonite (Sept. 30), Emory & Henry (Oct. 7), Guilford (Oct. 18), and the season finale at Hollins (Oct. 28).
The home conference slate for SBC features matches against Roanoke (Oct. 3), Virginia Wesleyan (Oct. 11), Randolph-Macon (Oct. 14), Shenandoah (Oct. 21), and Randolph (Oct. 25). The Vixens will celebrate Senior Day before the final home tilt against Randolph.