KEENE, N.H.--A typically rigorous schedule awaits the 2017 Keene State College men's soccer team. The Owls will play in a season opening tournament for the first time since 2014, and will play eight games at Owl Athletic Complex this fall.
For the first time in three years, the Owls will play in a tournament to open the season. Keene State will face Clark University (MA) in the opener on September 2, and the winner of that contest will play the winner of Roger Williams or Newbury the next day. The pair of non-winning teams will also play in the consolation game.
The Owls have two more road games next, heading to Worcester State (September 6) and Wheaton (September 9), before making their home debut against Castleton on September 13. The conference opener comes on the road against three time defending Little East Conference champion UMass Boston on the road on September 16, before welcoming Middlebury to Keene on September 20. The Owls will alternate home and away games to end the month, hosting Western Connecticut State (September 23) before traveling to RPI the next day, then hosting Western New England University on on September 27, then closing out September with a visit to the University of Southern Maine.
Keene State begins the month with a home rivalry matchup against Plymouth State on October 7, before heading on the road for games against Lasell (October 9) and Eastern Connecticut State on October 14.
The Owls then will welcome the preseason No. 1 team in the country and defending national champion Tufts University on October 18. Tufts also won the national title in 2014. Keene State will play the final road game of the regular season when they travel to Rhode Island College (October 21) before the season ends with home games against St. Joseph's (ME) on October 25 and UMass Dartmouth (October 28).
Little East Conference Tournament
The top four teams will compete in the 2017 Little East Conference tournament. The top two seeds will host the semfinals on November 1, with the two winners meeting for the title at the highest remaining seed on Saturday, November 4. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division III Championship.