The new version of the Long Island University (LIU) women’s soccer team will begin the 2019 season far from home as the Sharks will travel to Southern California.
Head coach Eleri Earnshaw’s team will open the season in late August in San Diego. Match one of the season will pit LIU against the University of San Diego on August 23. Two days later, the Sharks will meet San Diego State University.
In total, Long Island University will play 18 matches that include seven at LIU Soccer Park. Six 2019 regular season match feature opponents that had a winning record in 2018.
“We play some top level opponents who will all pose a different challenge for us,” said Earnshaw. “It will certainly prepare us for a tough and tightly-fought NEC conference schedule. We can’t wait to get going.”
With the 2019 campaign serving as the first season since Long Island University announced it was combining the athletic programs from its Long Island and Brooklyn campuses, it was not immediately known which players would be on the team’s roster. Previously, the LIU Post Pioneers competed at the Division II level while the Blackbirds of LIU-Brooklyn played at Division I.
After five straight matches on the road to start the season, LIU returns home to open the home portion of its schedule against the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Friday, September 13.
The Sharks will play the first of its eight Northeast Conference matches at St. Francis College/Brooklyn on September 27. LIU closes the regular season out against Sacred Heart University on Friday, October 25, in Fairfield, Ct., and at home against Bryant University on Sunday, November 3.
2019 LIU Women’s Soccer Schedule
|University of San Diego||August 23||7 p.m.||@San Diego, Calif.|
|San Diego State University||August 25||TBA||@San Diego, Calif.|
|Army||September 1||1 p.m.||@West Point, N.Y.|
|Seton Hall||September 6||6 p.m.||@South Orange, N.J.|
|Fairfield University||September 8||3 p.m.||@Fairfield, Ct.|
|New Jersey Institute of Technology||September 13||4 p.m.||LIU Soccer Park|
|Pacific University||September 15||12 p.m.||LIU Soccer Park|
|Fairleigh Dickinson||September 18||4 p.m.||LIU Soccer Park|
|Harvard||September 21||TBA||@Cambridge, Mass.|
|*St. Francis College/Brooklyn||September 27||1 p.m.||@Brooklyn, N.Y.|
|*St. Francis University||October 4||4 p.m.||LIU Soccer Park|
|*Robert Morris University||October 6||1 p.m.||LIU Soccer Park|
|*Mount Saint Mary’s University||October 11||TBA||@Emmitsburg, Md.|
|*Merrimack College||October 13||1 p.m.||LIU Soccer Park|
|*Central Connecticut State University||October 18||6 p.m.||@New Britain, Ct.|
|*Wagner College||October 20||1 p.m.||@Staten Island, N.Y.|
|Sacred Heart University||October 25||3 p.m.||@Bridgeport, Ct.|
|*Bryant University||November 3||12 p.m.||LIU Soccer Park|
*Northeast Conference match