Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College men's soccer team, led by Head Coach Mike Pilger (15th season), has announced its schedule for the upcoming 2018 season. In total, the Bantams will take to the pitch 16 times, highlighted by seven matches in front of their home crowd. The team will have 10 key New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) games, including five in the final month, as Trinity looks to reach the postseason for the third time in the last four years.
The Bantams concluded the 2017 season with a 4-10-1 overall record and 1-8-1 mark in NESCAC play. Trinity finished the season with three wins in its final five contests after a slow start to the year, and will look to take that momentum into the fall of this year.
Trinity will open its slate with a four-game road swing, starting on Wednesday, September 5, against Endicott at 7:00 p.m. The Bantams travel to Williams on Saturday, September 8, for their first NESCAC matchup of the year before facing Eastern Connecticut State (9/12) and Hamilton (9/15). Trinity returns home for the first time of the fall on September 18 when it welcomes Connecticut College to Hartford for a 5 p.m. matchup. The Bantams then entertain Colby College in another league battle on Septmber 22 before closing out the month with home games featuring Western New England (9/26) and Bates (9/29).
The Bantams will begin October with a match down the road at Wesleyan (10/2) before making the trek north to Maine to face Bowdoin (10/6). On Tuesday, October 9, the Bantams host Western Connecticut State before hosting their final two home games of the fall, versus Middlebury (10/13) and Tufts (10/14). Before the match against the Jumbos, the Bantams will honor the members of its senior class for Senior Day. Trinity wraps up the regular season with road tilts, at Wheaton on October 21, and at Amherst on October 24 in a game that is sure to have playoff implications.
Trinity's 2018 schedule is highly competitve as it features seven opponents that took part in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Tufts, the 2016 National Champion, knocked off Middlebury, 1-0, in last year's NESCAC Championship game.