Valpo Announces 2024 Soccer Schedule
Tuesday, July 2, 2024
Valpo Announces 2024 Soccer Schedule

Winners of a Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship and an MVC Tournament title over the last two seasons, the Valpo soccer program unveiled its slate for the upcoming 2024 season on Tuesday.

An exhibition match at Oakland Aug. 11 is followed by two road fixtures to kick off the regular season: Aug. 18 at Chicago State and Aug. 22 at Eastern Illinois. The Beacons make their 2024 Brown Field debut Aug. 25 with a challenging test, facing a Milwaukee side which went 12-3-5 last year, won Horizon League regular season and tournament titles and finished the season with an RPI of 36.

After hitting the road for a Sept. 1 matchup against Ohio, which won the MAC Tournament in 2023, Valpo returns home to take on another tough opponent in Xavier Sept. 5. The Musketeers went 14-4-4 last season, earned a share of the Big East regular season title, received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and closed the year with an RPI of 27.

Valpo’s home nonconference schedule wraps up Sept. 12 against Eastern Michigan. That match is sandwiched by the Beacons’ final two road trips of the nonconference slate, as they head to Wright State Sept. 8 and to Northern Illinois Sept. 15.

The single round-robin MVC schedule features contests against each of the conference’s other 10 teams. The Beacons open up Valley play at home on Brown Field Sept. 19 against Indiana State and Sept. 22 versus defending MVC regular season champion Drake. Valpo will also host Southern Illinois for Senior Day Oct. 6, as well as Evansville Oct. 13 and UIC Oct. 24.

Valpo’s first Valley road match is Sept. 29 at UNI. The Beacons will also travel to take on Illinois State (Oct. 3), Belmont (Oct. 17) and Murray State (Oct. 20), while the regular season wraps up at Missouri State Oct. 27. The MVC Tournament will be contested Oct. 31-Nov. 10, with the conference tournament champion earning the Valley’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Valpo enters the 2024 season coming off an 11-win campaign and a run to the MVC Tournament title in 2023. The Beacons return 20 players from that championship squad, while nine freshmen and a graduate transfer join the program this year.