Middle Tennessee Soccer announces 2022 schedule

MURFRESBORO, Tenn. – Middle Tennessee Head Football Coach Aston Rhodes has finalized and announced the 2022 Blue Raider Soccer schedule which is set to begin on Tuesday, August 9 as the Blue Raiders host the Chattanooga Mocs for an exhibition contest at Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium.

“The 2022 schedule will be very challenging with the inclusion of two formidable SEC opponents, new in-state rivalries, and a C-USA schedule that will have us facing all 10 C-USA football opponents,” said the head coach. Aston Rhodes. “However, it will be exciting with several top-flight home games, 11 talented new players and new coaches on the sidelines. Despite our youth, I am confident that we will be ready for the challenge ahead and I look forward to have a season special.”

The Blue Raiders will host 12 home games this fall, including a pair of exhibition games against Chattanooga and Cumberland University. The Blue Raiders are scheduled to hold non-conference games against UNF, Jacksonville, Ole Miss, Belmont, MVSU, Austin Peay, Tennessee Tech and Vanderbilt before opening C-USA play. Middle Tennessee begins its conference slate on the road on Sunday, September 18 as the Blue Raiders head to Birmingham, Alabama, to take on UAB, before returning home on Thursday, September 22 to open their home slate C -USA vs. North Texas. .

Middle Tennessee begins preseason play on Tuesday, August 9 as they host the Chattanooga Mocs for their first of two exhibition contests at 6 p.m. CT, before wrapping up preseason on Saturday, August 13, as the Blue Raiders host University of Cumberland Phoenix for a 5 p.m. CT kickoff.

The Blue Raiders officially begin the 2022 season on the road on Thursday, August 18 as they travel to Jacksonville, Fla. to face the University of North Florida Ospreys for an 6 p.m. CT kickoff. The Blue Raiders own an all-time record of 1-0-0 against the Ospreys, going 2-0 shutout in the last meeting between the two programs during the 2018 season. Middle Tennessee will remain in Jacksonville while They will play their second game of the weekend against the Jacksonville University Dolphins on Sunday, August 21 at 11 p.m. CT. The Blue Raiders lost 3-0 in their very first meeting against the Dolphins in the 1997 season, nearly 25 years ago. Middle Tennessee opens its 2022 home roster on Thursday, August 25, hosting the Ole Miss Rebels for a 6 p.m. CT kickoff. The Rebels lead the all-time series 7-1-0 against the Blue Raiders, which includes a tough 4-2 for the Rebels last season at Oxford. The Blue Raiders then wrap up August as they return to the road and head to Music City to take on the Belmont Bruins on Sunday, August 28 for a first touchdown at 6 p.m. CT. Middle Tennessee leads the all-time series against the Bruins, 10-6-1, including earning a 1-0 shutout win in the 2021 season opener.

The Blue Raiders begin September with a four-game homestand, beginning Friday, September 2 as Middle Tennessee Soccer hosts the Mississippi Valley State Devils for a 7 p.m. CT kickoff, followed by a game against the governors of Austin Peay on Sunday, August 4 at 5 p.m. CT, a midweek game against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles on Thursday, September 8 at 7 p.m. CT, then close their homestand hosting the Vanderbilt Commodores on Sunday, September 11 for a first touch at 5 p.m. CT. The Blue Raiders take on the MVSU Devils for the very first time. Middle Tennessee hold an all-time 5-2-0 lead over Austin Peay, after going 4-0 shutout in their last meeting of the 2019 season. Against Tennessee Tech, the Blue Raiders hold an advantage all-time record of 15-3-0, but fell 3-0 in their last meeting against the Golden Eagles in 2016. Vanderbilt holds an all-time record of 5-1-0 over the Blue Raiders, however , Middle Tennessee Soccer picked up their first-ever win over the Commodores last season as the Blue Raiders pulled off an impressive 2-1 victory in Nashville.
Middle Tennessee opens the C-USA game Sunday, Sept. 18 on the road as the Blue Raiders travel to Birmingham, Alabama to face the UAB Blazers in a game at 1 p.m. CT. Middle Tennessee leads the Blazers 7-2-0 all-time, but the Blazers won the last meeting between the two programs 1-0 last season. The Blue Raiders will then return to Hayes Stadium as they host the North Texas Mean Green to close out September on Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m. CT. The Mean Green leads the Blue Raiders 17-5-2 all-time, which includes a 3-0 loss in the last game between the two programs in 2019.

October opens with the Blue Raiders on their home turf, hosting the WKU Hilltoppers on Sunday, October 2 for a first touch at 5 p.m. CT. The Hilltoppers lead the Blue Raiders 9-6-6 all-time and WKU picked up a 2-1 victory over MT in their last meeting. Middle Tennessee Soccer hits the road for the first time in October on Thursday, October 6 as the Blue Raiders travel to Charlotte, NC to take on the Charlotte 49ers for a 6 p.m. CT kickoff. The Blue Raiders picked up a 2-1 road win over the 49ers last season, which pushed the Blue Raiders to an all-time lead against Charlotte, 4-3-1. The Blue Raiders will then return home on Sunday, October 9 to take on the LA Tech Bulldogs for a game at 1 p.m. CT. LA Tech holds the all-time series lead over the Blue Raiders and in their last game in 2017, the Bulldogs took a 3-2 win. Middle Tennessee Soccer will then head to the Lone Star State for a two-game road trip as they visit the UTSA Roadrunners on Thursday, October 13 for a 7:05 p.m. CT kickoff, before facing the minors from UTEP on Sunday October 16th. for 2 p.m. CT first contact. The Roadrunners lead the Blue Raiders 3-1-1 all-time, but the Blue Raiders earned their first-ever overtime win over UTSA in the last game between the two programs of 2019. Against UTEP, the Blue Raiders lead 5-2-0 all-time, including a 2-0 Miners shutout last year. Middle Tennessee returns to Hayes Stadium for senior weekend as they host the FAU Owls on Sunday, October 23 for a 1 p.m. CT kickoff, then wrap up their 2022 home roster, hosting the Rice Owls for the day senior on Wednesday, October 26 for a first CT contact at 7 p.m. The Blue Raiders went 1-0 shutout against FAU last season, giving MT the all-time lead over the Owls 10-9-0. Against Rice, Middle Tennessee trails the Owls all-time 4-2-3, but last season the Blue Raiders fell in a hard-fought 2-1 game during the regular season, but earned a whopping 4- 3 PK in the playoffs at the 2021 C-USA Tournament to qualify for the C-USA Semi-Finals. The Blue Raiders close out the regular season on the road, heading to Miami to take on the FIU Panthers on Saturday, October 29 for a game at 6 p.m. CT. Middle Tennessee holds a 16-7-1 lead over the Panthers and is currently on a five-game winning streak, including a 3-2 2OT win over FIU a season ago.

The 2022 C-USA Soccer Championship will be held in Charlotte, NC from Monday, October 31 through Sunday, November 6, hosted by Charlotte at Transamerica Field.

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