KALAMAZOO, MI – The Western Michigan soccer workforce is established to make its first journey to a Southeastern Conference college considering the fact that head mentor Tim Lester was the team’s quarterback, pursuing Tuesday’s announcement that the Broncos will participate in Mississippi Point out in 2023.
The activity will be the initial conference among the Broncos and Bulldogs, and it will just take location on Saturday, Oct. 7, which signifies 7 days 6 of the 2023 period.
“We are thrilled to be able to increase this storied application to our schedule on these kinds of a brief timeline and are appreciative of the endeavours of Mississippi Point out to spouse with us on this remarkable matchup and possibility for our application,” WMU athletic director Dan Bartholomae stated in a statement. “We glimpse forward to our vacation to Starkville in 2023.”
Agreement specifics for the activity ended up not obtainable at time of publication.
Western Michigan is 1-5 all-time towards present-day SEC educational facilities, with the lone acquire coming in 1998, when Lester quarterbacked the Broncos to a 27-24 victory at Vanderbilt.
WMU’s most modern contest versus an SEC college arrived in opposition to No. 4 Florida in 1999, when Lester opened his senior yr in Gainesville and retained the Broncos inside of a landing (31-26) early in the 3rd quarter, before the Gators pulled away for a 55-26 gain.
The past time WMU confronted off from a recent SEC university was in 2007 from Missouri (a 52-24 Bronco reduction), but the Tigers have been component of the Significant 12 Convention at the time.
WMU’s other losses to present SEC groups involve a 24-7 defeat to South Carolina in 1979, a 34-13 decline to Auburn in 1995 and a 48-34 reduction to Missouri in 1999.
The addition of Mississippi Point out rounds out WMU’s 2023 nonconference routine, which begins with a residence activity against Football Championship Subdivision foe St. Francis on Thursday, Aug. 31, followed by a trip to Syracuse on Saturday, Sept. 9 and a take a look at to Iowa on Saturday, Sept. 16.
WMU also a short while ago changed a 2024 property game in opposition to Cincinnati with a highway activity versus Ohio State that netted the Broncos $1.3 million.
Here’s a glance at WMU’s nonconference schedules from 2022 to 2026.
2022: Friday, Sept. 2, at Michigan State | Saturday, Sept. 17, vs. Pitt | Saturday, Sept. 24, at San Jose Point out | Saturday, Oct. 1, vs. New Hampshire
2023: Thursday, Aug. 31, vs. St. Francis | Saturday, Sept. 9, at Syracuse | Saturday, Sept. 16, at Iowa | Saturday, Oct. 7, at Mississippi State
2024: Saturday, Aug. 31, at Wisconsin | Saturday, Sept. 7, vs. Stony Brook | Saturday, Sept. 14, at Marshall | Saturday, Sept. 21, at Ohio Point out
2025: Saturday, Aug. 30, at Michigan Condition | Saturday, Sept. 6, vs. Marshall | Saturday, Sept. 20, at Illinois
2026: Saturday, Sept. 5, at Wisconsin
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