POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist men's soccer team and Head Coach Matt Viggiano have announced the slate of opponents for the 2015 season. The Red Foxes will play 17 contests, including nine in Tenney Stadium and three non-conference matchups against America East squads.
Marist opens the regular season at 5 p.m. August 28 at Saint Joseph's then begins its longest home stand of the season when it squares off against New Hampshire at 5 p.m. Aug. 30. The 2015 home opener will be the nightcap of a doubleheader with the Marist women's soccer team.
The next three games will be played under the Tenney Stadium lights at 7 p.m., as the Red Foxes host non-conference programs NJIT on Sept. 5, Columbia on Sept. 8, and Binghamton on Sept. 12. The out of conference schedule ends with matches at Stony Brook on Sept. 16 and at Vermont on Sept. 19. Stony Brook and Binghamton met in the quarterfinals of the last year's America East Championships with the Bearcats advancing on penalty kicks. Vermont reached the semifinals of the tournament before bowing out to UMBC. In 2014 non-conference play, Marist tied UNH, 1-1, and defeated Columbia, 3-2, in a double overtime thriller.
Marist's first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game in 2015 will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 26 at Rider. Four of the next six games are at home for the Red Foxes, as Canisius comes to Poughkeepsie at 4 p.m. Sept. 30 followed by Saint Peter's at 2 p.m. Oct. 3. The schedule then alternates between away and home contests. Marist plays recent MAAC addition Quinnipiac on Oct. 7, faces Fairfield on Oct. 10, goes up against Iona on Oct. 14 and hosts arch rival Siena on Oct. 21.
The Red Foxes will look to blank Manhattan and Niagara for the second straight year, as they travel to face the pair of MAAC teams Oct. 24 and 28, respectively. The regular season concludes against the defending conference champion Monmouth Hawks at 7 p.m. Oct. 31.
The 2015 MAAC Men's Soccer Championships will take place from Nov. 4-9 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. All 11 teams will earn a tournament berth with the top five teams clinching a bye in the opening round. The Red Foxes advanced to the tournament semifinals the last time it was in Florida after taking down Niagara on penalty kicks.
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