NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware women’s soccer program and head coach Mike Barroqueiro announced its 2018 competitive schedule Thursday morning, which features matchups against four NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago.

“We’re very excited for the opportunity that this season’s schedule is going to afford us,” Barroqueiro said. “With an out-of-conference slate that features some of the top programs in the country & perennial NCAA Tournament teams, we will be tested and very prepared for the challenge of CAA play. We wanted to put together a schedule that would push us competitively while also offering our program maximum exposure and I definitely think we were able to accomplish that.”

The schedule, which features seven home matches at Stuart and Suzanne Grant Stadium, begins with three consecutive road matches at Rutgers (Aug. 17), Seton Hall (Aug. 19) and George Washington (Aug. 23).

Delaware opens the home schedule with a three-match homestand against Monmouth (Aug. 26), Lafayette (Aug. 31) and UMass (Sept. 2). The Hens conclude non-conference play with another three-match road swing beginning at the Navy Tournament against Penn (Sept. 7) and South Florida (Sept. 9). A road match at St. John’s (Sept. 14) marks the end of non-conference play for UD.

With the non-conference schedule complete, Delaware will play its final nine regular-season matches against Colonial Athletic Association foes beginning with a home matchup against Northeastern (Sept. 20).

Delaware hits the road for a pair of matches at Elon (Sept. 23) and Hofstra (Sept. 27), before returning home for a 1 p.m. match against Charleston (Sept. 30).

The Blue Hens open the final month of regular season action with their bye-week, returning to action at Drexel (Oct. 7). UD returns to Grant Stadium for a Thursday night match against Towson (Oct. 11) before traveling to UNCW (Oct. 14).

William & Mary comes to Newark (Oct. 18) for the final home match of the season, before Delaware concludes the regular season at James Madison (Oct. 21).

Delaware returns 14 members from last season’s team and welcomes 13 new players to Newark this season.