Inaugural K-State Soccer Schedule Announced

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State soccer will kick-off its inaugural season with 16 matches, including four at the new K-State Soccer Complex, as the 2016 schedule was announced on Thursday.

“The first soccer schedule is a very good balance in managing all aspects of a physical and demanding soccer season,” said head coach Mike Dibbini. “Being able to compete in different parts of the country gives us a good taste of division one soccer and styles of play. Getting the opportunity to play matches on doubleheader weekends, Friday and Sunday, allows us to get our feet wet in terms of the physical demands and helps us learn how quickly we need to adapt in the meanwhile stressing the importance of recovery. All of these will play a vital role in the future of our program as we build the foundation.”

The inaugural schedule begins with an eight-match road trip starting at Saint Louis on Friday, August 19 and at Southern Illinois – Edwardsville (SIUE) on Sunday, August 21. Saint Louis tallied an 8-9-2 mark in 2015, while SIUE finished 5-11-3.

The following weekend, K-State will trek to Michigan to face Oakland on Friday, August 26, and at Central Michigan on Sunday, August 28. Oakland registered an 8-7-3 record in 2015 and won the Horizon League Women’s Soccer Championship, securing the league’s automatic bid into the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Central Michigan went 6-10-3 in the 2015 season.

The Wildcats will spend Labor Day weekend in Omaha, Nebraska, as Kansas State will face Creighton on Friday, September 2, and Omaha on Sunday, September 4. The Bluejays tallied a 10-10-0 overall record in 2015, while Omaha notched a 5-11-2 overall record.

The final two games of the season-opening road trip will be contested in the state of Arkansas, as the Wildcats will face Central Arkansas on Friday, September 9, and Little Rock on Sunday, September 11.

The Bears carded a 7-11-2 record in 2015, while the Trojans checked in with an 8-7-5 overall record and finished fifth in the Sun Belt Conference.

K-State will play four matches at the new K-State Soccer Complex, with the inaugural home match set for Friday, September 16 against Northern Iowa. The Panthers carded a 7-9-5 overall record in 2015 and will enter the 2016 season led by new head coach Chris Logan.

“We are extremely excited to play our first four home games in front of a large and enthusiastic fan base,” said Dibbini regarding the upcoming home games in 2016. “Strategically we have scheduled matches on home football weekends to give our fans and players the opportunity to enjoy some quality soccer in our first season of competition.”

The Wildcats will return to action with a weekend at home starting with a match on Friday, September 23 against Oral Roberts and conclude on Sunday, September 25 against South Dakota. Oral Roberts turned in a 10-8-2 overall record and finished second in the Summit League in 2015. South Dakota, also a member of the Summit League, notched an 8-12 overall record and a fourth place finish in the league.

The final home match of the season will be Friday, September 30 against UMKC. The Kangaroos were 14-6-1 in the 2015 season and finished third in the WAC standings.

Following the four-match home stand, K-State will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, to face Drake on Sunday, October 2. The Bulldogs registered a 7-9-2 record in the 2015 season and won the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title.

K-State will get its first taste of competition against a future Big 12 opponent, as the Wildcats will face Texas in a non-conference matchup on Friday, October 7, in Austin. The Longhorns finished the 2015 season with an 8-6-4 overall record and a third-place finish in the league standings.

Kansas State will conclude its first schedule with a two-match trip against a pair of Missouri Valley Conference opponents. The Wildcats will travel to Springfield, Missouri, on Monday, October 17, to face Missouri State and to Normal, Illinois, on Thursday, October 20, to end the season against Illinois State. Missouri State finished the season with a 9-7-1 overall record and tied for fourth in the MVC standings with Illinois State. The Redbirds notched a 6-10-2 overall record in 2015.

The K-State Soccer Founders Club currently has over 1,000 members from 38 different states. The only opportunity to purchase K-State soccer season tickets for the 2016 and 2017 seasons is to become a member of the K-State Soccer Founders Club. To join or receive more information, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS.

Notes about 2016 K-State Soccer Schedule
Kansas State will play 11 different conferences in the 2016 season: four schools from the Missouri Valley Conference, three from the Summit League and one each from the Atlantic 10, Big 12, Big East, Ohio Valley, Horizon League, MAC, Southland, Sun Belt and WAC… In total, K-State will travel 7,245 miles for its 12 road matches this season including 4,097 during the season-opening eight-match road trip.