After a tough 2015 season, both the Brock Women’s and Men’s soccer teams are excited to get back on the pitch to show they can compete amongst the best. The women struggled last season to a 4-11-1 record after injuries derailed them, while the men struggled to score goals leading to a 4-9-3 record.
The two teams will open their season on August 27 as they travel to Windsor to play the Lancers. The women’s game will kick-off at 1:00 p.m. and the men at 3:15 p.m. The men struggled against the Lancers last season, being outscored 7-0 in two games; however, they did win their first game of the season last year versus Western. The women split their two games versus Windsor in 2015.
The Badgers will begin the season with four of their first five games on the road. After Windsor the Badgers travel to Western, and then will host Waterloo on September 3, for Brock’s home opener. Then the teams will travel to Laurier and Guelph.
Brock’s Homecoming weekend is set for the weekend of Sept. 16-18, meaning the Badgers Soccer teams will play host to Algoma. Brock will kick-off versus Algoma with the women’s game at 1:00 p.m. and the men at 3:15 p.m. on the Saturday. Then on Sunday, the women begin play at 12:00 p.m. and the men at 2:15 p.m.
The Badgers will play a 16 game schedule with nine home games and seven road games. Their longest home stretch will be four games from October 1-15, as this will be a stretch of seven games at Brock in an eight game span. They won’t play more than two consecutive road games all season.
Also, it doesn’t look as if the soccer teams will be playing on Brock’s turf field as all games are scheduled to be on Brock’s soccer field, which is behind Alumni Field.
The Badgers will close out their season at home versus Laurier on Oct. 23, with the women playing at 1:00 p.m. and the men at 3:15 p.m.
Last season, due to injuries the women Badgers dropped nine of their first 10 games, with the lone one game being a 3-3 tie with McMaster. The women would go onto win their next four games, before ending the season with two losses. Therefore, if the team can stay healthy, expect a bounce back season for the women.
The men also struggled early last season after winning their first game, they followed up with an eight game losing streak. They then would end the season winning or tying six of their final seven games.
For 2016, the men will be coached by first-year head coach Lucio Ianiero.
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