Cardinal Men’s Soccer Team Has A Challenging Schedule for 2015
After a run to the Mountain East Conference finals and Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference playoffs, the Wheeling Jesuit men’s soccer team is set for even more success this fall. The Cardinals will have a stiff road ahead of them as they announce a challenging 2015 slate of games dotted with MEC and non-conference Atlantic Regional powers.
“The MEC schedule is always challenging. We will face the defending conference champion, national runner-up and No. 1 ranked University of Charleston, as well as, nationally-ranked Notre Dame College,” said WJU head coach James Regan. “We have added other regionally and nationally-ranked teams to our 2015 schedule to strengthen our chances of an NCAA Division II Tournament selection.”
The Cardinals (9-8-2) missed out on an NCAA DII national playoff invitation as one of the final teams left out of the 2014 35-team field. WJU posted seven shutouts, but suffered five of its defeats, three by a single goal, to Atlantic Region playoff teams.
All-MEC defender JJ Hawkshaw and midfielder Aitor Iniquez de Heredia lead Wheeling Jesuit’s lineup as part of seven returning starters. A Cardinal squad, which lost the 2014 MEC conference final to No. 1 Charleston by a 1-0 final.
The Cardinals will start play the 2015 campaign with a home exhibition game against NAIA nationally-ranked Point Park University, who it defeated, 1-0, in last year’s season opener, on Thursday, Aug. 20.
In the regular season road opening weekend, Wheeling Jesuit dives into the fire against regionally-ranked Seton Hill University (12-7-2), a team which defeated the Cardinals 1-0 in overtime last fall, on Thurs., Sept. 3, and versus Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference champion and NCAA playoff team Philadelphia University (16-5-1) on Sunday, Sept. 6.
WJU has three home MEC matches in September highlighted with defending champion Charleston (Oct. 30), rival West Virginia Wesleyan (Sept. 11) and Concord (Sept. 8) along with regionally-ranked Slippery Rock (Sept. 26) on the month’s docket.
The October schedule does not get any easier. Wheeling Jesuit hosts national and regional powers Millersville University (Oct. 21) and Notre Dame College (Oct. 25). The Cardinals finish out the regular season with a tough road contest against MEC champion and national runner-up Charleston on Oct. 31.