With four weekends remaining in the regular season, teams are beginning to jostle for position at the Horizon League Tournament. Four conference matches will begin the process of determining the six teams who enter postseason play in a month.
Cleveland State and Detroit kick off the weekend, with the Vikings playing a visit to the Titans on Friday at 4 p.m. ET. Both teams enter the match with identical 3-2-0 Horizon League records and sit near each other in virtually every category in the conference rankings. Cleveland State boasts the defending Horizon League Player of the Week in goalkeeper Brad Stuver, while the Titans come into the match winners of four of their last five contests.
On Saturday, three more conference matches will be contested, beginning with #9 Butler's trip to Dayton, Ohio, to meet Wright State. The unbeaten, untied Bulldogs (11-0-0, 4-0-0 Horizon) face a Raider (4-7-1, 0-3-1) squad that has struggled in conference play, but will pack Alumni Field for Saturday night's 7 p.m. ET match. The Horizon League Network will have live coverage of the match beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
Holding second place in the league, Loyola (3-6-2, 3-0-1 Horizon) hosts a Milwaukee (3-6-2, 2-3-0) squad looks to solidify their top-six league standing. Two of the Horizon League's top scorers - Eric Nock of Loyola and Andrew Weidabach of Milwaukee - will square off in a match that can be seen live on the Horizon League Network beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
In the league's remaining match, Green Bay (6-4-1, 2-2-0 Horizon) travels to the Windy City to take on a UIC (4-7-0, 1-3-0 Horizon) team that is coming off a thrilling 1-0 win over #16 Ohio State on Wednesday. In another offensive showdown, the league's top scorer, JC Banks, will meet the Flames' Derek Huffman, who is third in the Horizon League with six goals on the year.
Sunday will see three league teams in non-conference tilts, as Cleveland State travels down I-69 from Detroit to Indianapolis, where they will meet IUPUI at 1 p.m. Valpo heads to Columbus, Ohio, for a 2:30 p.m. contest with Ohio State, while Detroit wraps up the weekend when they host IPFW at 3 p.m. ET.