MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer has posted their 2019-2020 season schedule and it features 10 home games and three teams who appeared in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
The season kicks off Thursday, September 5 with the Wildcats hosting University of Southern Indiana in Marquette, Michigan. USI hosted a second round matchup in the NCAA Tournament after a first round bye in 2018. The team hits the road for the first time Sunday, September 8 to take on Quincy University. NMU then will host Lewis University Thursday, September 12 before concluding nonconference action with Lake Erie College, played at Davenport University, Sunday, September 15.
The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference slate begins with two home matches on Homecoming Weekend. On Friday, September 20 the team welcomes Purdue University Northwest and on Sunday, September 22 new GLIAC member Upper Iowa University comes to town.
NMU spends a weekend on the road at Ashland University, who is the defending GLIAC Tournament Champion, and Davenport University the last week of September. NMU then invites GLIAC Tournament runner-up Northwood University to Marquette on Friday, October 4 and regular season GLIAC leader Saginaw Valley State University on Sunday, October 6. SVSU defeated USI in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to reach the NCAA Third Round. The next week, Friday, October 12, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside visits Marquette.
The Wildcats will then hit the road for two weekends before coming back Friday, November 1 to host Davenport and then welcome Ashland for Senior Day on Sunday, November 3. The regular season comes to a close Friday, November 8 at Parkside.
The 2019 season will also feature a new NCAA Tournament format. This year will feature four super-regionals that consist of 10 teams each. The Wildcats super regional will consist of teams from the GLIAC, the Great Lakes Valley Conference, Great Midwest Athletic Conference and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Great American Conference partnership.
The Wildcats reached the GLIAC Tournament Semifinals in 2017 and are coming off a GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals appearance in 2018. The program also achieved their first national ranking in program history last year and moved as high as #21. The 2019 squad will look to continue the upward momentum as they enter the program's fourth season.