Men's soccer releases 2019 schedule

Kyler Fowkes and Emad Bashir-Mohammed
Kyler Fowkes and Emad Bashir-Mohammed

DENVER – The Johnson & Wales University men's soccer team announced its 2019 schedule on Thursday, an 18-contest slate that should have the Wildcats plenty prepared for their second season in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

"The goal of the program, in its current state, is to win the conference. This schedule gives us a great opportunity to be battled tested early in non-conference play, which will prepare us for conference play to close out the year," said head coach Andy Kohel as he enters his second year leading the Wildcats. "I am confident the guys will be ready for the challenges presented in the months ahead."

Kohel's team will be challenged right off the bat, opening the season Friday, Aug. 30 against Luther College, the first of two neutral site games hosted by Colorado College. The Norse went 19-4-1 last year and finished the season ranked eighth in the NCAA Division III United Soccer Coaches poll.

The Wildcats will finish up their opening weekend the following day against Albion out of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

JWU heads to Texas the following weekend for a pair of matches to conclude non-conference play. On Sept. 6 the Wildcats will face another tough early season test when they challenge the UT Dallas Comets, who finished 13-3-2 last year and won the American Southwest Conference regular season title. JWU concludes non-league play Sept. 7 with a neutral site matchup against Hardin-Simmons.

The Wildcats will kick off SCAC play at home vs. league newcomer St. Thomas on Friday, Sept. 13 at Aurora Sports Park. JWU will host Centenary two days later on Sept. 15.

Other home dates include Colorado College on Sept. 27, Texas Lutheran on Oct. 11 and Southwestern on Oct. 13 before hosting seven-time defending SCAC champ Trinity on Oct. 25 for Homecoming and Schreiner on Oct. 27 for Senior Day.

The Wildcats season will conclude Nov. 1 at Colorado College.

JWU Denver Men's Soccer 2019 Schedule (MT)

Aug. 30 vs. Luther (at Colorado College)
  3 p.m.
Aug. 31 vs. Albion (at Colorado College)
Sept. 6 at Texas-Dallas
  6:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 vs. Hardin-Simmons (at UT Dallas)
  4 p.m.
Sept. 13 St. Thomas*
  4 p.m.
Sept. 15 Centenary*
  1 p.m.
Sept. 20 at Southwestern*
  6 p.m.
Sept. 22 at Texas Lutheran*
  1 p.m.
Sept. 27 Colorado College*
  5 p.m.
Oct. 4 at Centenary*
  6 p.m.
Oct. 6 at St. Thomas*
  1 p.m.
Oct. 11 Texas Lutheran*
  4 p.m.
Oct. 13 Southwestern*
  12:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 at Dallas*
  6 p.m
Oct. 20 at Austin*
  1 p.m.
Oct. 25 Trinity* -- Homecoming --
  4 p.m.
Oct. 27 Schreiner* -- Senior Day --
  1:30 p.m.
Nov. 1 at Colorado College*
  3 p.m.
*SCAC Home