GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota will embark upon its first season as a member of The Summit League in 2018-19 and North Dakota Soccer Coach Chris Logan unveiled his team’s 2018 schedule on Thursday morning.
The Fighting Hawks will play an eight-match conference schedule next season, with home dates against Western Illinois (Oct. 4), North Dakota State (Oct. 7), Fort Wayne (Oct. 21) and South Dakota State (Oct. 26).
UND will play its first-ever Summit League match on Sept. 30 at Oral Roberts, with additional conference road dates at Omaha (Oct. 11), Denver (Oct. 14) and South Dakota (Oct. 28).
UND’s non-conference slate will feature home games against Minnesota Duluth (Sept. 5), Bemidji State (Sept. 9) and Portland (Sept. 21), with road trips to Nicholls State (Aug. 17), Southern (Aug. 19), Grambling State (Sept. 14) and Alcorn State (Sept. 16). UND will also travel to the Montana Invitational to face former Big Sky Conference rivals Idaho (Aug. 31) and Montana (Sept. 2).
“The team made massive strides competitively last year and we feel that the program is ready to take another step forward,” said Logan. “This schedule is extremely challenging, particularly as we are road-heavy and traveling long distances, but it is also a fun schedule and I believe both our student-athletes and fans will enjoy watching these games. Our team should be enjoyable to watch this year and we are excited to get started in August.”
The Fighting Hawks open the 2018 campaign with a pair of exhibition tilts against Manitoba (Aug. 8) and South Dakota (Aug. 11).
UND will play its home matches at East Grand Forks (Minn.) Senior High School during the 2018 season due to ongoing renovations at the program’s home facility, Bronson Field.
2018 NORTH DAKOTA SOCCER SCHEDULE:
|Aug. 8||Manitoba (exh.)||7:00 pm|
|Aug. 11||South Dakota (exh.)||3:00 pm|
|Aug. 17||at Nicholls State||4:00 pm|
|Aug. 19||at Southern||7:00 pm|
|Aug. 31||vs. Idaho^||3:30 pm|
|Sept. 2||at Montana^||2:00 pm|
|Sept. 5||Minnesota Duluth||4:00 pm|
|Sept. 9||Bemidji State||2:00 pm|
|Sept. 14||at Grambling State||4:00 pm|
|Sept. 16||at Alcorn State||2:00 pm|
|Sept. 21||Portland||12:30 pm|
|Sept. 30||at Oral Roberts*||TBA|
|Oct. 4||Western Illinois*||3:00 pm|
|Oct. 7||North Dakota State*||1:00 pm|
|Oct. 11||at Omaha*||7:00 pm|
|Oct. 14||at Denver*||1:00 pm|
|Oct. 21||Fort Wayne*||12:00 pm|
|Oct. 26||South Dakota State*||3:00 pm|
|Oct. 28||at South Dakota*||3:00 pm|
Home games in bold
All times Central
* - indicates Summit League game
^ - Montana Invitational (Missoula, Mont.)
Schedule subject to change