BOONE — Highlighted by eight home matches, a date with ACC foe Wake Forest and the always-tough Sun Belt slate, Appalachian State women's soccer has released its 2019 schedule.
"We are very excited about the upcoming year," head coach Sarah Strickland said in a statement. "We are opening this year with a challenging weekend with two of the top 50 opponents from last season. These matches and the rest of the nonconference will prepare us for success in the Sun Belt."
The Mountaineers put together a schedule that features three NCAA Tournament teams and two conference champions. App State will start the season with a pair of exhibitions leading up to the regular season, beginning with Western Carolina on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. before facing ETSU on Aug. 16 at Ted Mackorell Soccer Stadium at 1 p.m.
App State will kick off the regular season with a pair of NCAA Tournament squads from 2018. The Mountaineers will open the slate with a 7 p.m. matchup on Aug. 23 against reigning Big South champion Radford, which finished 16-3-1 last season. Just two days later, App will make the short trip to Winston-Salem for a 1 p.m. showdown against Wake Forest.
The Demon Deacons advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2018 after defeating Ohio State and upending West Virginia in penalty kicks.
Closing out the month of August is the Mountaineers' home opener against Duquesne at 2 p.m. on Aug. 30, That game will be followed by a home contest on Sept. 1 against UNC Asheville. Appalachian will play back-to-back road games against Charlotte on Sept. 5 and Tennessee Tech on Sept. 8.
The Mountaineers’ longest homestand of the season starts with FIU on Sept. 13. A week later, on Sept. 20, the Mountaineers open the Sun Belt schedule against Troy. Closing out the three straight home matches is the nonconference finale against Wofford on Sept. 22.
Following a Sept. 26 match against Coastal Carolina is a home showdown against archrival Georgia Southern on Sept. 29. App State went into Statesboro, Ga., last season and knocked off the Eagles 2-1. The Mountaineers will also look for back-to-back wins against Louisiana in their first game in October on the road.
The next weekend, App State will face the two Sun Belt finalists from last season away from Boone. Appalachian plays at 2018 runners-up Texas State on Oct. 6. Six days separate the match against the reigning conference champion, Little Rock, on Oct. 13. Last season, the Mountaineers dealt Little Rock a 3-1 setback to snap the Trojans' six-match win streak.
Appalachian will finish its home schedule against ULM on Oct. 18 and Arkansas State on Oct. 20. The Mountaineers’ final two matches of the regular season will take place on the road, as App State will face South Alabama on Oct. 25 and plays at Georgia State on Oct. 27 in Atlanta.
The Sun Belt Championships run from Nov. 6-10 at the Foley Sports Tourism Complex in Foley, Ala.