Middle Tennessee Soccer Announces 2022 Schedule

MURFRISBORO, Tennessee. – Middle Tennessee football head coach Aston Roden finalized and announced Blue Raider Soccer’s 2022 schedule due to begin on Tuesday, August 9 when the Blue Raiders host the Chattanooga Mocs for an exhibition competition at Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium.

“The 2022 schedule will be very challenging due to the inclusion of two formidable SEC opponents, the resumption of in-state rivalries, and a C-USA schedule in which we play all 10 C-USA football rivals,” the head coach said. Aston Roden. “Nevertheless, it will be exciting: several high-level matches at home, 11 new and talented players and new coaches on the fields. Despite our youth, I am confident that we will be ready for the challenges ahead and look forward to a special time of the year.”

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

Middle Tennessee kick off preseason on Tuesday, August 9 when they host the Chattanooga Mocs for their first of two exhibition competitions at 6:00 pm CT, before wrapping up preseason on Saturday, August 13 when the Blue Raiders host Cumberland University Phoenix for the start CT at 17:00.

The Blue Raiders officially kick off the 2022 season on the road on Thursday, August 18 when they travel to Jacksonville, Florida to take on the University of North Florida’s Ospreys at 6:00 pm. The Blue Raiders have a 1-0-0 record against the Ospreys, earning 2-0 in the last meeting between the two programs in the 2018 season. Middle Tennessee will remain in Jacksonville as they play their second game of the weekend against the Jacksonville University Dolphins on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 11:00 p.m. CT. The Blue Raiders lost 3-0 in their first meeting with the Dolphins in the 1997 season, almost 25 years ago. Middle Tennessee opens its home roster for 2022 on Thursday, August 25 hosting the Ole Miss Rebels at 6:00 pm CT. The Rebels are leading an all-time 7-1-0 series against the Blue Raiders, including a tough 4-2 win by the Rebels last season at Oxford. The Blue Raiders then wrap up August by getting back on the road and heading to Music City to take on the Belmont Bruins on Sunday, August 28 at 6:00 pm CT. Middle Tennessee leads 10-6-1 all-time against the Bruins, including a 1-0 win in season 1 in 2021.

The Blue Raiders kick off September with a four-game home grandstand starting Friday, September 2, when Middle Tennessee football hosts the Mississippi Valley State Devils at 7:00 pm CST, followed by Sunday, August against “Austin Pei Governors”. 4 at 5:00 pm PT, a midweek game against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles on Thursday, September 8 at 7:00 pm CT, and then close their home stand hosting the Vanderbilt Commodores on Sunday, September 11 for the first touchdown at 5:00 pm PT. . The Blue Raiders face the MVSU Devils for the first time. Middle Tennessee lead all-time 5-2-0 over the Austin Pi, earning 4-0 in their last meeting of the 2019 season. Against Tennessee Tech, the Blue Raiders have a record 15-3-0 lead but lost 3-0 in their last meeting with the Golden Eagles in 2016. The Raiders, however, Middle Tennessee Soccer got their first win against the Commodores last season when the Blue Raiders pulled off an impressive 2-1 victory in Nashville.
Middle Tennessee opens C-USA’s game Sunday, September 18 on the road as the Blue Raiders travel to Birmingham, Alabama to take on the UAB Blazers in a 1:00 p.m. CT matchup. 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 where they will host the North Texas Mean Green to close out September on Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 pm CT. Mean Green lead the Blue Raiders 17-5-2 all-time, including a 3-0 loss in the last match between the two programs in 2019.

October kicks off with the Blue Raiders hosting the WKU Hilltoppers at their home field on Sunday, October 2 for the first touchdown at 5:00 pm CT. The Hilltoppers lead Blue Raiders history 9-6-6 and WKU beat MT 2-1 in their last meeting. Middle Tennessee football hits the road for the first time in October on Thursday, October 6th when the Blue Raiders travel to Charlotte, NC to take on the Charlotte 49ers at 6:00 pm CT. The Blue Raiders pulled off a 2-1 road win over the Photoniners last season, putting the Blue Raiders to a series-high 4-3-1 against Charlotte. The Blue Raiders will then return home on Sunday , on October 9 to take on the LA Tech Bulldogs in a 1pm CT match. LA Tech leads the all-time series over the Blue Raiders and in their last match in 2017, the Bulldogs took a 3-2 win. The Middle Tennessee Soccer team will then travel to the Lone Star State for a two-legged trip as they visit the UTSA Roadrunners on Thursday, October 13 at 7:05 pm CST, and then face the UTEP Miners on Sunday, October 16. for 14:00 CT first touch. The Roadrunners lead the Blue Raiders 3–1–1 all-time, however the Blue Raiders took their first overtime victory over UTSA during the last match between the two programs in 2019. Against UTEP, the Blue Raiders lead 5–2. -0 all-time, including the Pitmen’s 2-0 shutout last year. Middle Tennessee returns to Hayes Stadium for the adult weekend as they host FAU Owls on Sunday, October 23 to kick off at 1:00 pm CST before closing their 2022 home roster hosting Rice Owls for senior day on Wednesday , October 26 for 19:00 CT first touch. Last season, the Blue Raiders beat the FAU 1-0, giving MT an unprecedented 10-9-0 lead over the Owls. all the time, however, last season the Blue Raiders lost a close-quarters 2-1 regular season game but pulled off a huge 4-3 postseason win. -USA Tournament to advance to the C-USA semi-finals. The Blue Raiders end the regular season on the road heading to Miami to take on the FIU Panthers on Saturday, October 29 at 6:00 pm CT. Middle Tennessee leads the series 16-7-1 over the Panthers and currently has a five-game winning streak, including a 3-2 2OT win over FIU a season ago.

The 2022 C-USA Football Championship will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina from Monday, October 31 to Sunday, November 6 and will be hosted by Charlotte at Transamerica Field.

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