Men’s soccer announces 2022 schedule
DAYTON — Wright State’s men’s soccer program announced its 2022 schedule Thursday, a slate that includes six regular-season home games as well as a trip to Florida and road competitions against two foes in the state.
The Raiders will agree to a pair of exhibition games before the regular season, first heading to Rio Grande (August 14) before hosting Bellarmine on August 20 at Alumni Field. Wright State lifts the lid on the regular season with a trip to Sunshine State, traveling to Florida to face Stetson (August 25) and Jacksonville (August 28) in the first of four straight road contests to start the regular season.
After visits to state foes Akron (Sept. 2) and Ohio State (Sept. 5), the Raiders return to Alumni Field for their home opener on Sept. 10 as Horizon League play begins against IUPUI. Wright State is staying home to host Duquesne in non-conference action Sept. 13 before heading north for a visit to Green Bay (Sept. 17). A quick homecoming awaits the Raiders with a Sept. 24 matchup against Northern Kentucky before back-to-back road games in Milwaukee (Sept. 28) and Robert Morris (Oct. 1).
October also includes three road contests, as the Raiders travel to Oakland (October 15), West Michigan (October 22) and Cleveland State (October 29), while Purdue Fort Wayne (8 October) and Marshall (October 26) make visits to Alumni Field. Wright State will close out the regular season roster at home Nov. 2 against Detroit Mercy in a weekday afternoon game.
The Horizon League Championship kicks off Nov. 6, with the No. 3 and 4 seeds as hosts. The rest of the tournament will take place at the No. 1 seed’s venue on November 10-12.
Last fall, the Raiders went 5-10-1 under the head coach Jake Slemker, who is set to enter his fifth season at the helm of the program this fall. Wright State had three home wins at Alumni Field last season, as well as a final second double-overtime win at Northern Kentucky. Reece Allbaugh and former Raider Harvey Slade were both named to the All-League Second Team while Conner Osterholt and Brock Pickett were both Horizon League All-Freshman team selections.
Rio Grande (August 14, Rio Grande, OH; exhibition)
– Rio Grande finished 17-3-1 and entered the NAIA National Tournament last fall when the program was undefeated at home with a 9-0-1 record.
Bellarmine (August 20, Alumni Field; exhibition)
– Bellarmine went 7-8-2 last season with a 2-4-1 record in ASUN play, falling in the semifinals of the ASUN tournament. Wright State holds an all-time record of 7-0-1 against Bellarmine in the regular season, with the last meeting dating back to 1987 during the Raiders’ first season as a Division I member.
Stetson (August 25, DeLand, FL; season opener)
– Stetson finished 8-7-2 in 2021 with a 4-3 mark in the ASUN game, ending the year in the semifinals of the ASUN tournament. Stetson started playing in 1957 and joined Division I in 1971, but it will be the first all-time meeting between the Raiders and Hatters on the field in program history.
Jacksonville (August 22, Jacksonville, Florida)
– The Dolphins finished last season 3-10-1 with a 2-4-1 ASUN record, missing the playoffs. This will be the second all-time meeting between Wright State and Jacksonville after the Raiders were 3-2 winners in the only other meeting on September 8, 2006, in a game also played in Jacksonville.
Akron (September 2, Akron, OH)
– Akron went 9-6-3 overall with a 2-3-1 mark in MAC play last fall, advancing to the NCAA Tournament and falling in the first round to Santa Clara at home in double overtime . The Raiders and Zips will meet for the 13th time in program history and a second straight season after facing off in the season opener for both teams last fall. Akron leads the series 11-1.
Ohio State (September 5, Columbus, OH)
– Ohio State is coming off a 6-9-1 record with a 2-6 Big Ten record last year, with all six wins at home. Wright State and Ohio State will meet for the 25th time, with the Raiders holding a 9-7-8 record against the Buckeyes. The first meeting in 1979 was a 2-2 tie, while it will be the first time the teams have faced each other since Sept. 4, 2017, a 2-0 victory over OSU.
IUPUI (September 10, Alumni Field, home opener, Horizon League opener)
– IUPUI was 3-12-1 last season with a 2-8 Horizon League mark, missing the Horizon League tournament. Longtime Raiders assistant Sid van Druenen was named Jaguars head coach in February and will meet the Raiders in the Horizon League opener for both teams.
Duquesne (September 13, Field of Elders)
– Duquesne went 10-7-2 last season with a 3-3-2 mark in the A10 game, falling in the A10 Championship game to end his season. It will be the fifth all-time meeting between the teams, all coming since 2014, following last year’s game in Pittsburgh. The Raiders lead the series 4-1-1.
Green Bay (September 17, Green Bay, WI)
– Green Bay notched a 2-10-4 record last season with a 1-7-2 record in Horizon League play. The Raiders won 3-1 at home last fall on three first-half goals and are now 15-19-2 all-time in the series.
Northern Kentucky (September 24, Alumni Field)
– A season ago, Northern Kentucky went 6-11 overall with a 4-6 HL mark, including a fall to Wright State as the Raiders won in double overtime thanks to a final second header from Harvey Slade. The Raiders are 13-4 all-time against the Norse since 1982 and the Division II era.
Milwaukee (Sept. 28, Milwaukee, WI)
– Milwaukee went 9-8-1 last fall with a 6-3-1 record at the Horizon. The Raiders handed the Panthers their only tie of the season, a 1-1 double-overtime tie in late September at Alumni Field and are now 12-18-7 against Milwaukee.
Robert Morris (October 1, Moon Township, Pennsylvania)
– Robert Morris finished 5-11-1 with a 4-5-1 record in the Horizon League last fall in his second season as a member of the HL. The Raiders and Colonials split both HL meetings, each winning on the other’s turf as the all-time streak tied at 4-4.
Purdue Fort Wayne (October 8, Alumni Field)
– Purdue Fort Wayne finished 2021 with a 5-9-2 overall record and a 3-6-1 mark at the Horizon. Wright State hit the road and handed the Mastodons a 4-0 loss last October as the Raiders now lead the all-time series 13-1-1.
Oakland (October 15, Rochester, MI)
– Oakland compiled an overall record of 12-7-2 with an 8-1-1 mark in the Horizon League on the way to the HL Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, where the Golden Grizzlies fell to North America. ‘Illinois in the first round. The 2022 game will be the 22nd all-time meeting between the Raiders and Oakland.
Western Michigan (October 22, Kalamazoo, MI)
– Western Michigan went 7-6-5 last season with a 2-3-1 mark in MAC play. The last two meetings between Wright State and Western Michigan have been in exhibition (2019 and 2021), with the last regular season game in 2012. The Raiders hold a 7-5 all-time series advantage.
Marshall (October 26, Alumni Field)
– Marshall finished 2021 with an 11-4-3 record and a 5-1-2 record in CUSA play, ultimately falling at home to Providence in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last November. The Raiders fell 1-0 on the road last season, but hold an 8-6-1 lead in the all-time series
Cleveland State (October 29, Cleveland, OH)
– Cleveland State is coming off a 10-8 season with an 8-2 record in the Horizon League, falling in the HL Championship Game last November. The Raiders beat the Vikings 4-3 on Senior Day last fall behind four goals late in the second half and are now 18-19-1 all-time in the series starting this season. .
Detroit Mercy (November 2, Alumni Field; regular season finale)
– Detroit Mercy finished 5-7-5 overall with a 4-3-3 record at the Horizon last fall, falling in the first round of the Horizon League tournament. The Raiders are 19-13-2 all-time in the series against the Titans.