BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. – St. Francis College Brooklyn men’s soccer head coach Tom Giovatto has announced his team’s fall schedule.

St. Francis is slated to play 15 matches, which includes six non-conference games and nine Northeast Conference contests.

“We feel it is a pretty strong schedule; it can get us prepared for conference play,” Giovatto said. “We are playing some good teams. We start the season off with Stony Brook, and they had a great year in 2018. I think they are going to have an even better year this year, so it is going to be an excellent way to test ourselves out of the gate.”

The Terriers open up the season with a three-match homestand beginning Friday, Aug. 30, when they take on Stony Brook at Brooklyn Bridge Park. On Tuesday, Sept. 3, St. Francis welcomes La Salle to Brooklyn Heights for a 4 p.m. kick off. The first homestand of the season concludes Saturday, Sept. 7, when the Terriers face Lafayette at 1 p.m.

St. Francis continues non-conference play Saturday, Sept. 14, when it travels to Jersey City, N.J. to face Saint Peter’s. The Terriers’ next match comes on Tuesday, Sept. 17, as they make a stop in the nation’s capital for a meeting with Howard. The final non-conference contest is set for Saturday, Sept. 21, when St. Francis hosts Manhattan at the Poly Prep Country Day School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The Terriers are slated to play two of their home matches at the Poly Prep Country Day School.

“The teams on our non-conference schedule are all skilled, hard-working teams, very similar to the ones that we play in the Northeast Conference,” Giovatto said. “We try to mirror the teams that we play in the conference when scheduling non-conference games. We do this to prepare for the conference portion of our schedule, and I think we did a pretty good job of that with some good teams in the non-conference schedule. On top of it, some of them are rivalry games, so it even has a little bit more meaning. I think it’s a good schedule and it’s going to prepare us.”

Conference play kicks off Friday, Sept. 27, when St. Francis squares off with Central Connecticut at 6 p.m. in New Britain, Conn. The Terriers return to Brooklyn Bridge Park for their conference home opener Sunday, Sept. 29, against Saint Francis (Pa.) at 1 p.m.

St. Francis hosts its second three-match homestand of the season from Oct. 13-20. On Sunday, Oct. 13, the Terriers play host to the newest member of the NEC, Merrimack at 1 p.m. from Brooklyn Bridge Park. The second match of the homestand is on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Poly Prep Country Day School as the Terriers take on Bryant. The homestand’s final features St. Francis and Robert Morris Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. back at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The Terriers hit the road for two of their final three games of the regular season. On Saturday, Oct. 26, they take a short trip to Teaneck, N.J. to face Fairleigh Dickinson at 1 p.m. St. Francis honors its seniors Sunday, Nov. 3, when it hosts Sacred Heart at 1 p.m. The 2019 regular season finale takes place on Sunday, Nov. 10, as the Terriers battle the LIU in Brookville, N.Y.

“The league is going to be tough, as always,” Giovatto said. “Ever since I have been in this league, every game has been decided by a goal, and there are no easy games. It is going to be tough as always. With Merrimack coming in now, they are a great program and have done well on the Division II level. Their facilities are fantastic; I think that they are going to come in and have a significant impact just as Bryant did when they came into the NEC. I think they are very similar to Bryant, it is going to be another tough team in our conference, and we are excited to play them.”