- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 26, 2011
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- Akron, Features, Lousiville, Maryland, UCLA, Virginia, WVU
One thing I love about the start of the college soccer season is the amount of big time games that are usually going on all over the place. The start of this new season is no different as there are plenty of great games listed on the schedule this weekend.
Games from this weekend will have a lasting impression on this year’s season too.
Below are a few games I’ll be keeping tabs on this weekend:
No. 11 Virginia vs. No. 17 West Virginia – Friday, August 26, 5:00 p.m. ET
Okay, yes I’m pimping my Alma Mater first but can you blame me? The ACC-Big East Challenge kicks off with Virginia and West Virginia (WVU will also play No. 8 Maryland this weekend as well). Both sides have plenty of talent but look for Mountaineer senior Franck Tayou, who lead the Marlon LeBlanc’s side in scoring and assists last year to be the focal point in this one.
No. 9 Notre Dame vs. No. 18 Indiana – Saturday, August 27, 7:00 p.m. ET
I love it when these two sides get together. Two quality teams that are well coached meet up. We’ll get to see our first glimpse of the Irish with transfer striker Ryan Findley. The Hoosiers have a bunch of good young talent, including a couple quality players from the MLS academy system.
No. 4 Akron vs. Cleveland State – Saturday, August 27, 7:30 p.m. ET
If you are ready and waiting to see what the defending NCAA champions have in stored for this season, look no further than to this game here with Cleveland State. Let’s not forget that this was the same Cleveland State team that handed the Zips their only loss last year.
No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 1 Louisville – Saturday, August 27, 7:00 p.m. ET
I remember watching these two in last year’s quarterfinal round. Boy was that a great match. I don’t expect those same fireworks to start the season but I do expect a really good match here with these two. UCLA has a ton of talent returning while Louisville has all the big names you could want in Colin Rolfe and Austin Berry.
William & Mary vs. No. 7 SMU – Saturday, August 27, 8:00 p.m. ET
A local match for me, SMU hopes to open up their new season strong. This happens to be another rematch from last year’s tournament as well. Keep an eye out for SMU’s Juan Castillo. He was the Conference USA’s freshman of the year and will be a big leader this season for the Mustangs.