The Indiana Hoosiers have added the Western Illinois Leathernecks to their 2024 soccer schedule, the varsity announced on Thursday.
Indiana will host Western Illinois at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind., on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2024. The sport will mark the first-ever assembly between the 2 colleges on the gridiron.
Western Illinois is a member of the Missouri Valley Soccer Convention (MVFC) within the Soccer Championship Subdivision (FCS). Nevertheless, the Leathernecks are departing the MVFC subsequent season and becoming a member of the Ohio Valley Convention (OVC), with soccer enjoying within the Massive South-OVC Soccer Affiliation.
“With the chance to play a Massive 10 program that’s inside our space, that is good for our program and our alumni who stay within the Midwest,” Western Illinois Director of Athletics Paul A. Bubb stated. “We’ve performed Massive 10 opponents previously, most just lately enjoying at Minnesota in 2022, so this follows with our historical past of enjoying colleges within the Energy 5 which might be in our area and groups our followers are conversant in outdoors of our league.”
In different non-conference motion in 2024, Indiana will host the FIU Panthers to open the season on Aug. 31 and also will entertain the Charlotte 49ers in Bloomington on Sept. 21.
Indiana was beforehand scheduled to go to the Louisville Cardinals in 2024, however that contest, in addition to a matchup in 2025 with the Cardinals, have each been canceled.
The announcement of Indiana’s full 2024 Massive Ten soccer schedule with dates was additionally made immediately. The Hoosiers will open Massive Ten motion on Saturday, Sept. 14 on the Rose Bowl in opposition to the UCLA Bruins.
Indiana may also journey to tackle Northwestern on Oct. 5, Michigan State on Nov. 2, and Ohio State on Nov. 23. Massive Ten foes scheduled to go to Memorial Stadium in 2024 embrace Maryland on Sept. 28, Nebraska on Oct. 19, Washington on Oct. 26, Michigan on Nov. 9, and Purdue on Nov. 30.