The Alabama soccer team will play an ambitious schedule this fall, with 11 of its 19 matches coming against teams that competed in the last year’s NCAA Tournament.
The Crimson Tide, which finished 12-8-1 last season with its most wins since 2002 and its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011, will play 11 home matches and eight on the road.
Alabama will open the season with a swing through Texas to play two teams that participated in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, at TCU on Aug. 17 and at defending Conference USA champion North Texas two days later.
The Crimson Tide will play its home opener Aug. 24 against Florida Gulf Coast, which earned an automatic bid to last year’s NCAA Tournament as the Atlantic Sun champion, then host Kennesaw State two days later and Virginia Tech on Aug. 30.
Alabama’s next two matches will be at home against a pair of teams that played in last year’s NCAA Tournament: Rice on Sept. 2 and defending Sun Belt champion South Alabama four days later. Alabama will host Troy on Sept. 9 and close out non-conference play at DePaul on Sept. 16.
Alabama will host Ole Miss (Sept. 13), Arkansas (Sept. 23), Kentucky (Oct. 4), Florida (Oct. 14) and defending SEC champion Texas A&M (Oct. 18) in SEC play. All of UA’s home league opponents except Kentucky participated in last year’s NCAA Tournament.
Alabama will play road league games at Vanderbilt (Sept. 20), LSU (Sept. 28), Mississippi State (Oct. 7), Georgia (Oct. 21) and Auburn (Oct. 25). Vanderbilt and Auburn were also postseason participants last season.
The SEC Tournament will take place Oct. 29-Nov. 4 in Orange Beach.
Alabama will play a preseason exhibition match Aug. 10 at Tennessee.