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Goshen College Unveils Fall 2017 Soccer, Volleyball Schedules
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Soccer - Tue, May 16, 2017

GOSHEN, Ind. — Goshen College's soccer and volleyball teams will combine to play 67 regular-season contests, including 30 at home, in 71 days from Aug. 16 to Nov. 1 as part of the college's 2017 fall sports season. The Maple Leafs announced their schedules for the upcoming campaigns on Tuesday, three months to the day before the first countable varsity contest.

Jim Routhier begins his ninth season at the helm of the GC women's volleyball team, which bookends the schedule: its first event, a home match against Marygrove on Wednesday, Aug. 16, is the first regular-season contest among the three sports announced, and its last regular-season match, at home against Grace on Wednesday, Nov. 1, comes four days after the soccer regular seasons conclude.

Routhier's team will get more than a quarter of its schedule out of the way before classes begin in the final week of August, following the home opener up with eight straight matches away from Gunden Gymnasium. The team's conference opener is a visit to Huntington on Wednesday, August 30, with the first Crossroads League home match nine days later against Bethel.

Come October, however, home matches are the exception rather than the rule: the team goes 25 days without a road match from Sept. 30 to Oct. 24, playing six dates in a row (and eight of its last 10) on its home court. Among the six-match homestand is a meeting with Lawrence Tech at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, as part of the college's Homecoming Weekend: that match will be followed by a men's demonstration match, also against LTU, at 8:00.

In volleyball, as in soccer, the top eight teams in the 10-team league advance to the Crossroads League tournament. The volleyball tournament begins on Saturday, Nov. 4, three days after men's and women's soccer each begin competition.

CLICK HERE for the 2017 Goshen College women's volleyball schedule.

Third-year women's soccer head coach Scott Gloden will be the second Maple Leaf sideline maestro to direct his team in a regular-season contest this fall, with GC beginning its 27th season of varsity competition at Marygrove on Friday, Aug. 18. Following a two-match sojourn to southern California the next week, Goshen comes home to play three straight matches at the John Ingold Athletic Complex from Sept. 2-9, doubling up the schedule to form doubleheaders with the men's team on all three occasions.

A year after starting 2-0 for the first time since Clinton's second term and winning two road matches in the process, GC starts its conference slate with two home matches: against Huntington on Saturday, Sept. 30 and Bethel on Tuesday, Oct. 3. When all is said and done, Goshen will host five of its nine league contests: the penultimate one, Saturday, Oct. 21 against Mount Vernon Nazarene, is the annual "Think Pink" match for breast cancer awareness with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

Due to differences in how the Crossroads League and NAIA rotate their schedules from one year to the next, the women's soccer conference tournament will be played with a Wednesday-Saturday-Saturday format this year, a departure from the three straight Saturdays occupied by the event for the last nine years. The top four seeds will host quarterfinals on Wednesday, Nov. 1, with semifinals and finals following on the 4th and 11th respectively.

CLICK HERE for the 2017 Goshen College women's soccer schedule.

More than a week after women's soccer and women's volleyball begin play and some 11 days after their first preseason scrimmage, the GC men's soccer team opens its 60th season at Madonna on Friday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. EDT. Fourth-year head coach Arron Patrick brings his team home for four straight matches and six of the next seven: in the 28 days following the opener, GC's only road match is a Labor Day afternoon tilt at Holy Cross College north of South Bend.

The preponderance of home contests makes the John Ingold Athletic Complex a soccer fan's paradise in September: on five occasions, including four of the five Saturdays in that month, the Maple Leaf men and women are at home on the same day. Once the calendar rolls over to October and regular conference play kicks in, the men and women generally play at opposite sites on the same day, but the Maple Leafs will also host three soccer-volleyball doubleheaders at venues separated by less than 200 yards.

GC's men bookend their conference slate with home matches, hosting Saint Francis on the final day of September and Grace on Oct. 28. In between, the team plays five of seven on the road with the lone exception being a two-match homestand against Spring Arbor and Taylor on October 14 and 18. As with the other two schedules released today, though, Goshen can win its way into additional home games, with the higher seed hosting each of the three rounds in the Crossroads League tournament.

CLICK HERE for the 2017 Goshen College men's soccer schedule.

All 30 of Goshen's home games can be seen live with live in-game statistics at GoLeafs.net/live, the streaming portal unveiled last fall. Many road events will also offer video streams and live stats; while these are included on the schedule where they are known, all elements of the schedule are subject to change in the coming months.

As each Maple Leaf team reports to campus throughout August, stay tuned to GoLeafs.net and the @GCMapleLeafs channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

Schedules for the remaining fall sports—men's and women's tennis and men's and women's cross country—will be announced in early June, followed by winter sports in August and spring sports in October.