Coming off a historic season which saw the Vols reach the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in history, Tennessee soccer head coach Brian Pensky has announced the schedule for the 2019 campaign.
The 18-match slate features 10 home games at Regal Soccer Stadium along with eight road contests. UT will begin the year with a preseason exhibition against Loyola-Maryland on Monday, Aug. 12 before hosting the regular season opener against Fordham on Thursday, Aug. 22.
Attendance and parking for all preseason and regular-season matches at Regal Stadium is free of charge.
The Big Orange will face six opponents that were selected to the NCAA Tournament last year, with five of those matches coming away from home. The non-conference schedule features a road tilt with Big Ten runner-up Rutgers on Aug. 29 in Piscataway, N.J.
Five of Tennessee's 10 SEC matchups will be against 2018 tournament participants, headlined by contests at Vanderbilt and at South Carolina who each finished the season ranked inside the United Soccer Coaches top-25 national rankings. Furthermore, the Vols are slated to host SEC rivals Alabama (Sept. 29), Kentucky (Oct. 6), Georgia (Oct. 10) and Florida (Oct. 24).
The regular season finale is set for Halloween night, as UT hosts Arkansas Thursday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.
The City of Orange Beach, Alabama will once again serve as the host site for the SEC Soccer Tournament, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 10. The first four rounds of NCAA Tournament action will be hosted at campus sites, with the NCAA Women's College Cup set for Dec. 6-8 in San Jose, Calif.
Tennessee compiled a 16-3-3 record last year, setting program records for the highest winning percentage (.795) and fewest losses (3) in a single season. The Vols return four All-SEC standouts from the 2018 squad, highlighted by back-to-back first team selections in Katie Cousins and Maya Neal in addition to second team honorees Erin Gilroy and MA Vignola.
Pensky also welcomes a highly touted recruiting class to Rocky Top, featuring 13 true freshmen with well decorated prep careers to go along with two all-conference standouts from NCAA Division I programs. Michelle Alozie joins the Vols as a graduate transfer from Yale where she was named the 2017 Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, while 2018 Big West Freshman of the Year Mackenzie George comes to Rocky Top via Cal Poly.
The 2019 signing class was most recently rated No. 6 in the country and No. 1 in the SEC by TopDrawerSoccer.