FAIRFIELD, Conn.- The Sacred Heart University Men's Soccer team announced its 16-game 2019 slate on Tuesday. The Pioneers will host seven games on the Park Avenue Field on Sacred Heart's campus. The 2019 season will be the 15th under the direction of head coach Joe Barrosso.
Breaking It Down
- The Pioneers will play games versus opponents representing seven conferences; MAAC, Big East, Atlantic 10, Atlantic Sun and Northeast Conference
- SHU takes on four MAAC foes and one Atlantic 10, ASUN. and Big East Conference team.
- The men's soccer team will open the season at home against NJIT on Friday, August 30 at 4:00 p.m.
The Conference Slate
- The Pioneers will play nine opponents during the campaign, in search of an NEC Tournament berth.
- The top-four regular season teams qualify for the postseason tournament, hosted by the regular season champion
- The NEC home-opener is an home game against new member Merrimack on September 27th, followed by another away NEC contest versus Bryant two days later.
- The Pioneers will then host three home games kicking off the month of October first against LIU on Sunday, October, 6 at 3:00 p.m. SHU then will host Fairleigh Dickinson five days later on Friday, October, 11 at 3:00 p.m. The Pioneers conclude the three game homestand against Mount Saint Mary's on Friday October, 18 at 3:00 p.m.
- SHU will hit the road again for three straight away games first at Robert Morris on Friday October 25th at 3:00 p.m. then two days later at St. Francis (Pa) on October 27th at 2:00 p.m. The Pioneers wrap up the road-trip against Saint Francis (N.Y.) on Sunday, November 3 at 3:00 p.m.
- The Pioneers conclude the regular season at home against Central Connecticut State on November 10th at 1:00 p.m.
The Home Games
- The Pioneers will be hosting eight games this season beginning with a game against Saint Peter's on Wednesday, September 11 at 4:00 p.m.
- After a road trip at Providence, SHU will return home to face off against MAAC foe Iona on Wednesday, September 18 at 4:00 p.m.
- Just three days later, the Pioneers will host another MAAC member Siena on Saturday Sept. 21 at 1:00 p.m.
- Then on Friday, Sept. 27, the Pioneers host Merrimack at 3:00 p.m.
- The month of October will feature three home games first against LIU on Sunday, October 6 at 3:00 p.m. followed by a matchup against Fairleigh Dickinson five days later on Friday, October, 11. and lastly a week later against Mount Saint Mary's on Friday, October, 18.
- The Pioneers final home and regular season game will take place on Sunday, November 10 against Central Connecticut State at 1:00 p.m.