The first day of matches for the 2019 DI men’s college soccer season is on August 30, highlighted by a must-watch contest between No. 15 UCF and No. 4 Wake Forest. 

But that’s not the only early-season matchup to mark on your calendar. Here are some of the most notable games scheduled for the first weekend. 

Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 (all times EST) | Scoreboard

*All rankings obtained from the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll. 

  • No. 15 UCF at No. 4 Wake Forest, 6 p.m. | Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • No. 3 Akron at Xavier, 7 p.m. | Cincinnati, Ohio
  • South Florida at No. 1 Maryland, 7 p.m. | College Park, Md.
  • No. 5 Stanford at Penn State, 7 p.m. | University Park, Pa.
  • No. 25 UC Irvine at No. 11 Saint Mary’s, 7 p.m. | Moraga, Calif.
  • Creighton at No. 6 North Carolina, 7:30 p.m. | Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Albany at No. 8 Kentucky, 7:30 p.m. | Lexington, Ky.
  • Pittsburgh at No. 2 Indiana, 8 p.m. | Bloomington, Ind.

Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 | Scoreboard

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  • No. 15 UCF at No. 6 North Carolina, 7:30 p.m. | Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • UCLA at No. 2 Indiana, 8 p.m. | Bloomington, Ind.

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Below is the United Soccer Coaches 2019 preseason poll which was released on Tuesday, Aug. 6:

RANK

SCHOOL

POINTS

W-L-T

FINAL 2018 RANKING

1 Maryland (13) 637 13-6-4 1
2 Indiana (6) 623 20-3-1 3
3 Akron (2) 621 15-7-2 2
4 Wake Forest (4) 607 18-3-0 6
5 Stanford University 545 12-4-5 7
6 North Carolina (2) 499 14-4-1 14
7 Michigan State 492 14-5-4 4
8 Kentucky 467 19-2-1 5
9 Notre Dame 431 11-7-3 8
10 Duke 412 11-7-2 11
11 Saint Mary’s 407 18-0-2 9
12 Virginia 390 10-4-3 15
13 Georgetown 379 13-5-3 13
14 Louisville 268 11-5-3 16
15 UCF 257 13-3-3 18
16 Virginia Tech 217 11-7-3 17
17 James Madison 216 15-5-3 10
18 Denver 180 15-4-2 19
19 Air Force 178 17-5-0 12
20 Portland 126 12-4-3 21
21 Charlotte 119 14-5-2 20
22 Oregon State 107 11-6-3 23
23 West Virginia 92 14-7-0 22
24 Michigan 90 12-5-4 24
25 UC Irvine 63 11-6-4 RV

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