Fresh off its strongest finish in franchise history, the Columbus Eagles announced the team’s 2019 Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) schedule on Tuesday. The WPSL team is setting its sights on bigger and bolder aspirations in the coming year.
Columbus opens the preseason against the Ohio Dominican Panthers. The Division II program poses a tough first test for new head coach Matt Ogden. The Panthers offer a blend of physicality and finesse that will challenge the Eagles right out of the gate. Following a clash with ODU, Columbus rounds out the preseason home schedule against the Ohio Bobcats and Otterbein Cardinals.
A special moment takes place for the Eagles on April 26 when the club heads to Asheville, North Carolina for friendly against fellow WPSL club Asheville City SC.
Asheville is viewed as a standard bearer in the league for its high attendance and quality play. It won’t be an easy fixture, the hosts finished in second place in the WPSL Carolinas Conference and touted a stellar +29 goal differential. Asheville City also lead the WPSL in home attendance, averaging roughly 1,000 fans per match.
Following the trip down south, the Eagles head North to Michigan to open up the WPSL schedule against Ann Arbor. Columbus welcomed the former expansion team to the league with a 2-0 victory last season inside Otterbein Memorial Stadium.
Hell is Real takes over the women’s game as Columbus begins its home schedule against Cincinnati on May 19. The Sirens have not beat the Eagles in WPSL competition since the 2016 season, a statistic they are desperately looking to reverse.
The late-season schedule favors the Eagles as four of the final six matches will be played at home. Those four games don’t interfere with any Columbus Crew SC fixtures and will allow fans to get their fix of live soccer during the Gold Cup break.
Members of the Eagles front office worked diligently to make sure the schedule didn’t conflict with various events throughout the summer. Many of the start times occur later in the day, making the experience more enjoyable for players and fans alike.
You asked. We listened.— Columbus Eagles FC (@ColumbusEagles) March 5, 2019
–8 home matches, 7 on Sundays.
–Start times moved back to account for heat in the summer months.
–No May/June overlap with home #Crew96 matches.
–No conflicts between our home matches and #USWNT @FIFAWWC matches.#WeFly for you! https://t.co/vk423kgOpg
The preseason continues for the Eagles as the team continues training at SuperKick in Lewis Center.
Columbus Eagles 2019 Schedule:
Sunday, March 31st — Ohio Dominican (ODU) — 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 7th — Ohio University (Otterbein) — 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 14th — Otterbein University (Otterbein) 5 p.m.
Friday, April 26th — Asheville City SC (Asheville, NC) 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 11th — AAFC Lumberjills (Ann Arbor, MI) 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 19th — Cincinnati Sirens (Otterbein) 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 25th — Dayton Dutch Lions (Dayton, OH) 4 p.m.
Saturday, June 1st — Motor City FC (Detroit, MI) 2 p.m.
Sunday, June 9th — Cleveland Ambassadors (Otterbein) 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 16th — Motor City FC (Otterbein) 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 22nd — Dayton Dutch Lions (TBD) 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 30th — AAFC Lumberjills (Otterbein) 4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 2nd — Cleveland Ambassadors (Hudson, OH) 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 6th — Cincinnati Sirens (West Chester, OH) 7 p.m.