MANCHESTER, N.H. – Third-year head coach Bruno Victal and the Saint Anselm College men's soccer program announced the team's 16-game schedule for the upcoming 2018 season on Monday afternoon.
Saint Anselm's 16-game schedule is split evenly with eight home games at Melucci Field and eight contests away from the Hilltop. In addition to a 13-game Northeast-10 Conference Schedule, the Hawks will play non-conference games against Saint Michael's, Queens (N.Y.) and St. Thomas Aquinas.
The Hawks get 2018 underway by traveling to Saint Michael's to face the Purple Knights in a non-conference game at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Saint Anselm's home opener will fall the following Sunday, Sept. 9, when Queens (N.Y.) visits Melucci Field for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. The Hawks and Knights will meet for the ninth time in 11 seasons in a series Saint Anselm leads 4-3-1.
Saint Anselm opens NE10 play by hosting crosstown-rival Southern New Hampshire on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. in a Queen City Cup clash. The meeting with the Penmen begins a stretch of four games out of five against teams that qualified for the NE10 Conference Men's Soccer Championship last season. In mid-September, the Hawks visit Saint Rose and host Saint Michael's for the second meeting of the season with the Purple Knights.
Trips to reigning NE10 regular-season champion Adelphi and in-state rival Franklin Pierce on Saturday, Sept. 22 and Tuesday, Sept. 25 and a home game against American International on Saturday, Sept. 29 round out the month.
In October, the Hawks head to St. Thomas Aquinas on Tuesday, Oct. 2 before traveling to New Haven the following Saturday, Oct. 6. Last season's NE10 Tournament champion, Merrimack, visits Melucci Field on Tuesday, Oct. 9 prior to a home game against another postseason team, Le Moyne, four days later.
After back-to-back road games against Stonehill and Assumption, Saint Anselm concludes its regular season slate by playing host to Bentley and Southern Connecticut State on Tuesday, Oct. 23 and Friday, Oct. 26, respectively. The Falcons eliminated the Hawks from postseason contention with a 2-1 overtime victory in Waltham, Mass. last season before making a run to the NE10 Tournament title game as the No. 8 seed.