KEENE, N.H.--There are just 26 days until the Keene State College women's soccer team opens the season. The Owls will be playing nine home games at Owl Athletic Complex, while hitting the road for eight other contests. Keene State, which finished 14-6 and 6-1 in Little East Conference play last year, is searching for its first LEC title since 2014.
The Owls begin with four of their first five games at home. Endicott (September 2) and Lasell (September 6) come to Keene to open the season, before KSC goes on the road for the first time with a short trip to New London to visit Colby-Sawyer (September 9). Home contests against Framingham State (September 12) and the Little East Conference opener against UMass Boston (September 16) are next.
Games against Westfield State (September 20) and Western Connecticut State (September 23) follow, before the month ends with a home non-conference tilt against preseason No. 17 Middlebury (September 27) and a visit from the University of Southern Maine (September 30).
Keene State will alternate non-conference games for the first four contests in October, with a road game against Worcester State (October 3) and a home date against Salve Regina (October 5). Keene State will then next visit Plymouth State (October 7), and welcome preseason No. 14 Amherst College on October 10.
Eastern Connecticut State, which handed KSC its only LEC defeat a year ago, visits on October 14, and the Owls will close out the regular season with three of the final four contests on the road. A game at Bridgewater State (October 18) begins the trip, before Rhode Island College comes for Senior Day on October 21. Games at future LEC opponent Castleton (October 25) and UMass Dartmouth (October 28) finish out the year.
The top two seeds will receive byes into the semifinals of the LEC tournament. The quarterfinal round, which will pit the No. 3 seed against the No. 6 seed, and the No. 4 seed against the No. 5 seed, will take place on October 31.
The No. 1 seed will host the winner of the No. 4/No. 5 seed in one semifinal on November 2, while the No. 2 seed will welcome the winner of the No. 3 vs. No. 6 seed matchup on the same date.
The championship game will feature the advancing team from each of the semfinals, to be played at the highest remaining seed on November 4.
The winner will receive an automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship.