Middle Tennessee Soccer announces 2022 schedule

MURFREESBORO, Tennessee. – Head Coach of Middle Tennessee Soccer Aston Rhodes has finalized and announced the Blue Raider Soccer 2022 schedule to begin Tuesday, August 9 when the Blue Raiders host the Chattanooga Mocs for an exhibition competition at the Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium.

“The 2022 schedule will be very challenging with the addition of two impressive SEC opponents, some renewed domestic rivalries and a C-USA schedule where we play all 10 C-USA football opponents,” the head coach said Aston Rhodes. “However, it will be exciting with several high-level games at home, 11 new and talented players and new coaches on the touchline. Despite our youth, I am confident that we will be prepared for the challenge ahead and look forward to a special game .” Season.”

The Blue Raiders will host 12 home games this fall, including two friendlies against Chattanooga and Cumberland University. The Blue Raiders are expected to host non-conference games against UNF, Jacksonville, Ole Miss, Belmont, MVSU, Austin Peay, Tennessee Tech and Vanderbilt before opening the C-USA game. Middle Tennessee begins its conference roster on the road Sunday, Sept. 18, when the Blue Raiders travel to Birmingham, Alabama, to face UAB before returning home on Thursday, Sept. 22 to play their To open C-USA home list against North Texas.

Middle Tennessee begins the preseason on Tuesday, August 9 when at 6 p.m. CT they host the Chattanooga Mocs for their first of two exhibition competitions before concluding the preseason on Saturday, August 13 when the Blue Raiders take on Cumberland University Phoenix will host a 5 p.m. CT kickoff.

The Blue Raiders officially begin the 2022 season on the road on Thursday, August 18, when they travel to Jacksonville, Fla. to face the University of North Florida Ospreys in a 6 p.m. CT kickoff. The Blue Raiders own a 1-0-0 record against the Ospreys and achieved a 2-0 shutout in the two programs’ last clash of the 2018 season. Middle Tennessee will remain in Jacksonville as they play their second game of the weekend against the Jacksonville University Dolphins on Sunday, August 21 at 11:00pm CT. The Blue Raiders lost 3-0 to the Dolphins in their very first game nearly 25 years ago in 1997. Middle Tennessee opens its 2022 home roster Thursday, Aug. 25 and hosts the Ole Miss Rebels for a 6 p.m. CT opener. The Rebels lead the all-time streak 7-1-0 against the Blue Raiders, which includes a tough 4-2 for the Rebels at Oxford last season. The Blue Raiders then wrap up the month of August when they return to the streets and head to Music City to take on the Belmont Bruins on Sunday, August 28, at 6pm CT First Touch. Middle Tennessee leads the all-time streak against the Bruins 10-6-1, including a 1-0 shutout win in the 2021 season opener.

The Blue Raiders begin September with a four-game homestand starting Friday, September 2, when Middle Tennessee Soccer hosts the Mississippi Valley State Devils in a 7 p.m. opener followed by a matchup against the governors of Austin Peay on Sunday August 2nd 4 at 5pm CT, a midweek matchup against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles on Thursday September 8th at 7pm CT and then complete their home stand where the Vanderbilt Commodores am Sunday, September 11th for a first touch at 5pm CT. The Blue Raiders meet the MVSU Devils for the first time ever. Middle Tennessee has a 5-2-0 all-time lead over Austin Peay after scoring a 4-0 shutout in their last meeting of the 2019 season. Against Tennessee Tech, the Blue Raiders have an all-time advantage of 15-3-0 but fell 3-0 in their last meeting against the Golden Eagles in 2016. Vanderbilt owns an all-time 5-1-0 record against the Blue Raiders, Middle Tennessee Soccer, but recorded their first-ever win against the Commodores last season when the Blue Raiders pulled off an impressive 2-1 win in Nashville.
Middle Tennessee opens the C-USA game on the road on Sunday, September 18 when the Blue Raiders travel to Birmingham, Alabama to take on the UAB Blazers in a 1 p.m. CT matchup. Middle Tennessee leads the Blazers 7-2-0 all-time, but the Blazers won the last clash between the two programs last season 1-0. The Blue Raiders then return to Hayes Stadium where they will host the North Texas Mean Green to end September at 7pm CT on Thursday, September 22nd. The Mean Green lead the Blue Raiders 17-5-2 all-time, including a 0-3 loss in the last matchup between the two programs in 2019.

October begins with the Blue Raiders on their home field and hosts the WKU Hilltoppers on Sunday, October 2 at 5 p.m. CT First Touch. The Hilltoppers lead the Blue Raiders 9-6-6 all-time and WKU secured a 2-1 win over MT in their last meeting. Middle Tennessee Soccer takes to the streets for the first time in October on Thursday, October 6 when the Blue Raiders travel to Charlotte, NC to face the Charlotte 49ers for a 6 p.m. CT kickoff. The Blue Raiders earned a 2-1 away win over the 49ers last season, giving the Blue Raiders an all-time series lead over Charlotte 4-3-1. The Blue Raiders then return home on a Sunday, Oct. 9 to take on the LA Tech Bulldogs at the 1 p.m. CT matchup. LA Tech holds the all-time lead over the Blue Raiders and in their last matchup of 2017, the Bulldogs earned a 3-2 win. Middle Tennessee Soccer then embarks on a two-game road trip to the Lone Star State, where they visit the UTSA Roadrunners on Thursday, October 13 at 7:05 p.m. CT kickoff before heading to the UTSA Roadrunners on Sunday, October 16. October, face off against the UTEP Miners for 2pm CT First Touch. The Roadrunners lead the Blue Raiders 3-1-1 all-time, however, the Blue Raiders earned their first-ever overtime win against UTSA in the last matchup between the two programs in 2019. Against UTEP, the Blue Raiders lead 5-2 -0 all-time, including a 2-0 miners shutout last year. Middle Tennessee return to Hayes Stadium for Seniors’ weekend as they host the FAU Owls for a 1pm CT opener on Sunday, October 23 and then conclude their 2022 home roster by hosting the Rice Owls for Seniors’ Day on Wednesday, October 26, hosting a first touch at 7:00 p.m. CT. The Blue Raiders scored a 1-0 shutout against FAU last season, giving MT an all-time lead in the series ahead of the Owls at 10-9-0. Against Rice, Middle Tennessee is 4-2-3 behind the all-time Owls, but last season the Blue Raiders fell in a hard-fought 2-1 regular-season contest but produced a huge 4-3 PK -Post-season win in 2021 C-USA tournament to advance to C-USA semifinals. The Blue Raiders are closing out the regular season on the road, heading to Miami to face the FIU Panthers for a CT matchup on Saturday, October 29 at 6:00 p.m. Middle Tennessee has an all-time 16-7-1 lead over the Panthers and is currently on a five-game winning streak, including a 3-2 2OT win over FIU a season ago.

The 2022 C-USA Soccer Championship will be held in Charlotte, NC Monday October 31 through Sunday November 6 and will be hosted by Charlotte at Transamerica Field.

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