Tough schedule awaits WSU women’s soccer team





FAIRBORN — Road games against Tennessee, Cincinnati and Louisville highlight the WSU women’s soccer schedule this fall.

The Raiders have home games with Toledo and Indiana State in addition to many tough Horizon League matches. In all, the Raiders face four NCAA tournament teams, and have eight home games on the schedule.

The Raiders are coming off a fourth-place finish in the Horizon League, posting a 12-8 overall record and a 6-3 conference record. Wright State will return many young players from the 2017 team, and will also add eight newcomers to the program. In his 14th year as head coach of Wright State, Pat Ferguson will look for his 12th winning record.

Wright State returns a couple key players in seniors Aaliyah Patten and Mattie Cutts. They were both named to the Horizon League second team. Patten and Cutts finished tied for second on the team with 12 points last season, and will look to take even more of a leadership role in 2018. Erin Graefen made the 2017 Horizon League Newcomer Team, and will build on her strong freshman season.

Butler: The preseason slate begins in Indianapolis Tuesday, Aug. 7 against a tough Butler team. The Bulldogs went 13-2-6 last season, 5-0-4 in Big East conference play, leading to an NCAA tournament appearance.

Dayton: The Raiders travel to their crosstown rival for a road preseason match against the Flyers Friday, Aug. 10. The Flyers were 9-9-2 overall in 2017, 6-3 at home, and 4-4-2 in the Atlantic 10.

Bowling Green: Wright State plays its first home game in the final preseason game Sunday, Aug. 12. The Falcons prevailed in last season’s match-up, 2-0, in the regular season. Bowling Green finished the 2017 season 13-7-1, losing to Toledo in the MAC tournament championship.

Louisville: The Raiders open the regular season on the road Thursday, Aug. 16 against ACC team Louisville. The Cardinals earned a 9-7-2 overall record in 2017, and went 3-5-2 in the ACC. Their nine-win season included victories over traditional powers Indiana, Kentucky, and Clemson.

Toledo: The Rockets went 12-8-3 overall, and 6-3-2 in the MAC. Toledo reeled off three straight wins in the MAC tournament to earn an NCAA tournament berth in 2017. The Raiders play their home opener against the Rockets Sunday, Aug. 19 at Alumni Field.

Cincinnati: The Raiders make the trip down to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats Friday, Aug. 24. Cincinnati had a 12-4-3 record in 2017, while earning the No. 3 seed in the AAC tournament after a 5-2-2 conference record. The Bearcats were also unbeaten at home last season, going 8-0-3 at Gettler Stadium.

Western Michigan: Wright State will travel to Kalamazoo Sunday, Aug. 26 to try to avenge last season’s loss against the Broncos. The Raiders lost, 1-0, as Western Michigan evened the all-time series to 3-3-1 against the Raiders. Western Michigan went 10-8-1 in 2017, 5-5-1 in the MAC.

Tennessee: The Raiders visit the Volunteers Thursday, Aug. 30. Tennessee will be one of the toughest opponents on the Raiders schedule, as the Vols went 15-4-2 overall and 6-3-1 in the SEC. The Volunteers advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. They defeated Wright State, 3-0, in a preseason game.

Indiana State: After three games on the road, the Raiders return home to begin September. WSU will take on Indiana State Sunday, Sept. 2 at Alumni Field. The Sycamores finished the 2017 season with a 6-10-1 record, 1-6 in MVC play.

St. Bonaventure: Wright State will travel to Olean, N.Y., Friday, Sept. 7 for the second meeting between the two schools. Wright State defeated the Bonnies, 3-0, last season. St. Bonaventure went 2-14-3 in regular season play last season, 2-6-2 in the Atlantic 10.

Ohio: The Raiders will make the trip to Athens to take on the Bobcats Sunday, Sept. 9. OU went 7-10-3 in 2017 but had a 4-5-2 record in MAC play as well as a win over NCAA tournament team Butler.

Oakland: Wright State will open up conference play at Oakland University Friday, Sept. 14. WSU beat the Golden Grizzlies, 2-0, in 2017. Oakland went 3-14-1 last season with all wins coming at home against Horizon League teams.

Green Bay: The Raiders will return home to take on the Green Bay Phoenix at Alumni Field Saturday, Sept. 23. Green Bay finished 2017 with a 4-11-1 overall record but went 3-5-1 in the Horizon League. The Raiders have dominated the Phoenix, going 9-1-1 in the last 11 years against Green Bay.

Northern Kentucky: The Norse will visit WSU Wednesday, Sept. 26. They are coming off a strong 2017 season, finishing 9-6-2, overall and 6-1-2 in the Horizon League. The Norse have won all four meetings against the Raiders, including a 1-0 defeat in 2017.

Milwaukee: The Raiders will travel to take on Milwaukee Saturday, Sept. 29 in one of their most challenging games. The Panthers defeated the Raiders, 2-1, twice in 2017, en route to their 17th Horizon League regular season title in 18 years. The Panthers finished the season 16-0-4 with a 7-0-2 conference record.

UIC: Wright State will host the Flames Saturday, Oct. 6. The Raiders beat the Flames twice last season, 1-0 in the regular season and 2-1 in the Horizon League Tournament quarterfinals. UIC went 7-13 last season but earned a 5-4 record in Horizon League play.

IUPUI: The 2017 Horizon League Tournament champions will look to build on their strong season and try to earn another NCAA tournament bid. The Jaguars went 14-6-3 last season, and earned the No. 3 seed in the Horizon League Tournament with a 6-2-1 conference record. IUPUI defeated Wright State in a 4-3 shootout in 2017, and will travel to Fairborn Saturday, Oct. 13.

Youngstown State: The Raiders will visit Youngstown State Wednesday, Oct. 17. Wright State handled the Penguins easily last season, 4-0. Youngstown State went 4-13-1 in 2017 and were 0-9 in Horizon League play.

Cleveland State: Wright State will take on the Vikings Sunday, Oct. 21 in their final regular season road game. CSU finished 9-9-1 overall and 5-4 in conference play. WSU defeated Cleveland State, 1-0, in last year’s game. The Raiders lead the all-time series 12-3-1 and have won six out of the last seven.

Detroit Mercy: WSU will take on UDM at home in their final regular season game Friday, Oct. 26. Wright State defeated the Titans last season in the regular season finale, 1-0. The Titans finished 4-13-1 overall and 1-8 in the Horizon League.

The Horizon League Tournament begins with the No. 3 and 4 seeds hosting the No. 5 and 6 seeds Monday, Oct. 29. The top seed will host the semifinals Thursday, Nov. 1 and the finals Saturday, Nov. 3.

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