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Syracuse women’s soccer unveils 2017 schedule

Another tough slate for SU; are they up for the challenge?

NCAA Football: Colgate at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

After a strong 7-1-2 start to the 2016 season, the Syracuse Orange women’s soccer team unfortunately came undone once conference play began. They finished 8-8-3 overall and were just 1-7-2 in ACC contests.

But 2017’s a new year, and with that comes a new schedule. On Wednesday, the Orange announced the entire slate for this fall, which should pose its fair share of challenges.

Take a look at the full rundown below:

Exhibitions

August 5: at Penn State

August 12: at Rutgers

Regular Season

August 18: at Bucknell

August 21: Connecticut

August 24: at Army

August 27: at Florida

August 31: Cornell

September 3: Fairfield

September 7: Colgate

September 10: Harvard

September 15: Miami (FL)

September 21: Wake Forest

September 24: Clemson

September 30: at North Carolina

October 5: at Pittsburgh

October 8: at Notre Dame

October 14: at NC State

October 19: Virginia

October 22: Duke

October 26: at Virginia Tech

It’s worth mentioning that this schedule features 10 NCAA Tournament teams — which is no small number. There’s also a weird setup here where the Orange play seven straight at home, followed by four straight on the road.

While Syracuse is unlikely to be near the rankings to start the season, this schedule presents an opportunity to get there eventually. It’ll be a tough road, but with nearly 70 percent of the club’s scoring back, and one of the top goaltenders in the ACC (Courtney Brosnan), there’s some potential here.