SAN ANTONIO (July 11, 2018) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's soccer team has released its 2018 schedule. The Saints have 18 games this season, including two scrimmages, five nonconference matchups and 11 Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) contests.
Head Coach Shane Hurley stated, "As the level of competition on the schedule is similar to that of last year's, I am looking forward to seeing how our now more seasoned squad performs prior to conference. We matured a lot last year and came close to achieving our postseason goals; however, little inconsistencies and individual discipline errors at the worst times caused us to fall short of our goals."
Hurley enters his 12th season as head coach for the Saints. This summer he was named interim athletic director and will oversee all of the 13 intecollegiate athletic teams.
The men's soccer team will begin its season with two scrimmages. The first is set for Aug. 17 in Laredo, Texas, against Laredo Community College, followed by a home matchup against NCAA DIII Texas Lutheran University on Aug. 19.
OLLU will kick off the regular season nonconference schedule with a trip to Austin, Texas, to take on NCAA DIII Concordia University on Aug. 24. The Saints will have two additional road games before returning back to San Antonio. The first game on Sept. 1 is against Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City. The Saints will then head to Fort Worth, Texas, to take on Texas Wesleyan University on Sept. 3.
The Saints will be back in action at the OLLU Soccer Field when they host NCAA DIII LeTourneau University on Sept. 9. OLLU will travel to Plainview, Texas, to face last year's NAIA Men's Soccer National Champions Wayland Baptist University on Sept. 12. On Sept. 22, the men return home to kick off their RRAC schedule against Huston-Tillotson University.
The team will have four back-to-back conference road games beginning on Sept. 27. They will head to Hawkins, Texas, for a game against Jarvis Christian College. Next is a game in Tyler, Texas, against Texas College on Sept. 29. The Saints will wrap up their games on the road in Marshall, Texas, on Oct. 4 against Wiley College and in Texarkana, Texas, on Oct. 6 against Texas A&M University- Texarkana.
A four-game home stint will take place in the latter half of the season for the Saints. OLLU will host the University of the Southwest on Oct. 11 and Paul Quinn College on Oct. 13. The final homes games of the season will take place on Oct. 18 against the University of St. Thomas and on Oct. 20 against the University of Houston- Victoria.
The final conference games of the season for the Saints will be on Oct. 25 in Alexandria, La., against LSU-Alexandria and on Oct. 27 in Shreveport, La., against LSU-Shreveport.
The opening quarterfinals round of the 2018 RRAC Men's Soccer Tournament will take place on Nov. 2-3 at campus sites. The sixth seed will play at the third seed's home field, while the fifth seed will play at the home field of the fourth seed. The first and second seed teams will have a bye.
On Nov. 9, during the semifinals round, the top seed will play the winner of the sixth seed vs. the third seed game; the second seed will play the winner of the fifth seed vs. the fourth seed. The two winners will move on to the championship game on Nov. 10. All games will take place at Texas A&M University – Texarkana.
The RRAC Tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the 60th Annual Men's Soccer National Championship Opening Round on Nov. 17 at campus sites. Winners advance to the tournament site at the OC Great Park Soccer Stadium in Irvine, Calif., from Nov. 26-Dec. 1.
Most home games for OLLU men's soccer will be livestreamed and all will feature live stats. Follow the team on social media using #OLLUSoccer.