RALEIGH, N.C. – Shaw University women's soccer program announced its 2018 slate of matches on Monday. The schedule includes six contests at home and 10 on the road, including five matches against opponents of the Conference Carolinas league.


In addition to the 16 regular season matches, 10 being NCAA DII opponents, the Lady Bears have two preseason exhibitions on the road at Cape Fear Community College on Aug. 13 and Wake Tech Community College on Aug. 20 in Raleigh, NC.


Matt Brown will enter his first initial season as head coach of the women's soccer program. He takes over a team that finished 4-10-1 in its inaugural season during the 2017 campaign.


"This year's schedule we have looked to challenge our student athletes by competing against more NCAA DII programs," said Brown. "We have a better balance with the addition of home games which will help grow our program in the local area."


The Lady Bears open the regular season on the road at Converse on Sept. 4 and turn around to travel to Methodist on Sept. 6, followed by road matches at Christendom (Sept. 8) and Greensboro (Sept. 12).


Shaw's first home match of the season will be on Sept. 15 against Cincinnati Clermont at Durham County Memorial Stadium. That match will begin the Lady Bears four-match home stand as Shaw will host Chowan on Sept. 18 at Wake Med Soccer Park, Barton on Sept. 19 and Coker (Sept. 25) both at the MAC.


The Lady Bears will then be highlighted by another road stretch from Oct. 3 – Oct. 14 where Shaw will travel to Georgia Southwestern State (Oct. 3), Catawba (Oct. 6), Piedmont International (Oct. 8) and Lincoln (Pa.) (Oct. 14).


Shaw will return to Durham County Memorial Stadium on Oct. 10 with a clash against Mount Olive before traveling to Columbia on Oct. 20. The Lady Bears home finale will feature a contest against Newberry on Oct. 22 at Durham County Memorial Stadium.


The regular season will wrap up at Southern Wesleyan on Oct. 24. 


Durham County Memorial Stadium is located on 7500 Stadium Drive, Durham, NC. Wake Med Soccer Park is located on 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary, NC 27511 and the MAC is on 8924 Midway West Road, Raleigh, NC 27617.


For the most up-to-date information on Shaw women's soccer and its 13 varsity sport teams, please visit www.shawbears.com.