Toledo Women’s Soccer Head Coach TJ Buchholz announced the team’s 2021 schedule Thursday.
“We are excited to be back playing a full schedule this fall,” said Buchholz, whose program played only seven contests in the spring of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have an excellent non-conference slate of games that will prepare us very well for a challenging MAC schedule.”
The 2021 season features eight non-conference games and 11 Mid-American Conference matchups, with nine games being played at Paul Hotmer Field over the course of the season.
The Rockets will open their season with contests at Purdue Fort Wayne (Aug. 19) and Cincinnati (Aug. 22) before playing their first two home matches at Paul Hotmer Field against Detroit Mercy (Aug. 26) and Dayton (Aug. 29). Toledo opens September with a trip to Rochester, Mich. to take on Oakland (Sept. 2) with home games the following week vs. Indiana State (Sept. 10) and Illinois (Sept. 12). The Rockets round out their non-conference action with a trip to Illinois State (Sept. 19).
From there, Toledo embarks on its 11-game Mid-American Conference slate, beginning with a trip to DeKalb, Ill., to battle Northern Illinois (Sept. 23). The Rockets close out September at home, hosting Western Michigan (Sept. 26) and Kent State (Sept. 30) before returning to the road for matches at Ohio (Oct. 3) and Miami (Oct. 7).
The Rockets will then play three of their next four games at home against Ball State (Oct. 10), Central Michigan (Oct. 14) and Akron (Oct. 21) with a visit to Eastern Michigan (Oct. 17) the only road tilt in this stretch. Toledo will finish its regular-season schedule on the road, with a trip to Buffalo (Oct. 24) prior to its annual Battle of I-75 matchup against Bowling Green (Oct. 28).
Teams that finish in the top-six of the conference standings will qualify for the MAC Tournament, set to begin with the quarterfinals on Oct. 31 followed by the semifinals on Nov. 5 and championship on Nov. 7 with all games to be played at campus sites.
Toledo returns 25 members from the 2020-21 season, including MAC All-Freshman Team honoree Ellie Pool, and welcomes 11 newcomers for the fall.