CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University athletic department has finalized the 2017 competition schedule for the Spartan women's soccer team, featuring nine home matches and three opponents who played in the 2016 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament.
Castleton opens the 2017 season Friday, Sept. 1, at Plattsburgh State before opening the home schedule Wednesday, Sept. 6, against Westfield State. The Spartans host Wheaton College Saturday, Sept. 9, before playing eight of its next 10 matches on the road, starting Wednesday, Sept. 13, at MCLA.
The Spartans start NAC competition at defending regular season champion New England College Saturday, Sept. 16, before heading south to take on Eastern Connecticut State Sunday, Sept. 17. Castleton hosts Green Mountain Tuesday, Sept. 19, before road contests at Lyndon State Saturday, Sept. 23, and at Plymouth State Wednesday, Sept. 27.
Back at Spartan Stadium, Castleton welcomes four-time defending NAC Tournament champion Colby-Sawyer Saturday, Sept. 30, before traveling to take on Williams College, another NCAA Tournament participant, Sunday, Oct. 1. The Spartans head to Maine the following weekend for conference road matches at Thomas College Saturday, Oct. 7, and at Maine-Farmington Sunday, Oct. 8.
Castleton concludes the regular season with five straight home games, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 11, against 2016 NCAA Tournament team Middlebury. The Spartans host Johnson State Tuesday, Oct. 17, before welcoming Maine Maritime (Saturday, Oct. 21) and Husson (Sunday, Oct. 22) for weekend conference matchups. The regular season closes with a non-conference match against Keene State Wednesday, Oct. 25.
The top six teams in the final regular season NAC standings advance to the NAC Tournament, with quarterfinals taking place Saturday, Oct. 28, followed by the semifinals Tuesday, Oct. 31, and the championship match Saturday, Nov. 4. In its final year in the NAC, Castleton will be looking for its fifth NAC Tournament title overall and its first since 2012.
Led by head coach Chris Chapdelaine, entering his 13th season at the helm of the Castleton women's soccer program, the Spartans are coming off a 2016 campaign in which they went 7-8-6 overall, snapping a streak of nine consecutive years with 10 or more victories. Within the North Atlantic Conference, Castleton posted a 5-2-2 record to finish fifth in the league standings, and the Spartans advanced to the semifinals of the 2016 NAC Tournament.