March 1, 2018
2018 SPRING SCHEDULE (located at the bottom)
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame men’s soccer team will face a total of nine outside opponents during their spring slate, highlighted by the annual and highly-anticipated showdown with Mexico at the end of April at Alumni Stadium.
Chad Riley will take the Notre Dame sideline for the first time as Irish head coach during the 2018 spring schedule. A total of 22 veteran varsity student-athletes are due back in the fold for Notre Dame for the upcoming Division I men’s soccer season.
Notre Dame begins its spring draw on March 3 against the Indy Eleven of the United Soccer League (USL) in Indianapolis. The match will take place on the campus of Butler University.
The Irish open the collegiate portion of the spring schedule on March 24 in Pontiac, Michigan, facing Michigan State and Oakland at the indoor Ultimate Soccer Arenas complex. The three teams previously squared off at the venue last March.
A pair of matches on the Notre Dame campus on April 7 will pit the Irish against Valparaiso and Green Bay. Notre Dame will split a pair of games on April 14 in Westfield against Kentucky, and at Alumni Stadium against local foe Bethel (Ind.).
Notre Dame and Indiana add another chapter to their intrastate rivalry on April 22 at D’Arcy Stadium in Fort Wayne, taking the pitch at 3 p.m. (ET). The Irish and Hoosiers have met in Fort Wayne each of the last eight years, with Indiana taking the most recent regular season matchup between the teams by a 1-0 final score last season.
All spring matchups lead into one of the most popular events on the Notre Dame soccer calendar each year. The Irish and the Mexico are set to collide on April 27 at 6:30 p.m. Notre Dame is 8-3-1 all-time against Mexico dating back to the first meeting between the teams in 2005, which has featured U17, U18 and U20 sides from El Tri in that time.