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Big Home Matches Highlight 2012 Women's Soccer Schedule

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 06/07/2012
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SPOKANE, Wash. - A home match against first-time opponent the University of South Dakota to open the season, matches against regional rivals Washington State University, University of Washington, Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, along with another tough West Coast Conference schedule awaits the Gonzaga University women's soccer team this fall.

"I believe our schedule has a great balance of competitive home and away matches," stated fourth-year head coach Amy Edwards. "The strength of the non-conference matches will no doubt prepare us for an extremely competitive West Coast Conference slate. The 2012 schedule has positively motivated our players this past spring and it continues to motivate them in their summer training."

By the time the season concludes, the Zags will have faced six opponents that reached the 2011 NCAA Tournament, match-up with three opponents for the first-time in school history and face non-conference opponents from seven different leagues.

The Bulldogs begin the 2012 season by hosting South Dakota on Friday, Aug. 17. The Coyotes are one of 12 non-conference opponents on the Bulldogs slate and one of six that will make an appearance at the Gonzaga Soccer Field.

Following the season opener the Bulldogs head to Washington State Friday, Aug. 19 and then face the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, Sunday, Aug. 24. The Cougars are coming off their third-trip to the NCAA Tournament in four years, having reached the second round in 2011.

After hosting Boise State University Sunday, Aug. 26, the Zags head to Tennessee to play first-time opponents Austin Peay University and Vanderbilt University on Friday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 2, respectively. Austin Peay, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, finished 9-7-1 a season ago, while Vanderbilt, members of the Southeastern Conference, had an 8-11 mark in 2011.

Gonzaga then heads back to Spokane for a crucial two-match home weekend that features Washington and Seattle University. The Bulldogs will play the Huskies Friday, Sept. 7 and the Redhawks on Sunday, Sept. 9. It the second-consecutive year Gonzaga will host UW at the Gonzaga Soccer Field, having dropped a tough 3-1 decision in 2011.

"We had a very exciting game against a really talented UW team last year so I look for another one this year," stated Edwards. "Seattle is a very hard working team and it is always a battle. This weekend is certainly one that our players have highlighted on their schedule!"

The tough non-conference schedule continues with matches at Pacific-12 members Oregon State University (Fri., Sept. 14) and the University of Oregon (Sun., Sept. 16) in the Nike Invitational. Gonzaga has not matched up with either school since the 2007 campaign. The Beavers earned a bid to the 2011 NCAA Tournament, while the Ducks finished the year 8-9-1, with two victories over ranked opponents.

A lone home game against the University of Nevada on Sunday, Sept. 30 leads into West Coast Conference play for the Bulldogs.

Gonzaga opens WCC action hosting Saint Mary's College Sunday, Oct. 7 and the University of Portland on Thursday, Oct. 11. Portland was one of four WCC institutions to earn a berth into last season's NCAA Tournament, ultimately falling 3-1 to Florida State University in the second round.

Other home WCC matches for the Bulldogs are against Loyola Marymount University (Fri. Oct, 26) and Pepperdine University (Sun. Oct. 28).

"Adding BYU to our already very talented conference was exciting last year so we look to another WCC season that challenges our players every weekend," explained Edwards of the 2012 league schedule. "The competitiveness and depth of this conference truly inspires and motivates our staff and players."  

Gonzaga will host non-conference opponent Eastern Washington on Sunday, Nov. 4 for Senior Day.

Season tickets for women's soccer are currently on sale for $25, along with Family Passes, which includes two adults and up to four children, for $75. Season tickets and Family Passes can be purchased online at www.gozags.com/tickets or by calling the Gonzaga Athletic Ticket Office at (509) 313-6000.

 2012 Gonzaga Women's Soccer Schedule

Date

Opponent

Time

Aug. 17

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA

4 p.m.

Aug. 19

Washington State University

1 p.m.

Aug. 24

University of Idaho

4 p.m.

Aug. 26

BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

Noon

Aug. 31

Austin Peay University

5 p.m.

Sept. 2

Vanderbilt University

3 p.m.

Sept. 7

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

4 p.m.

Sept. 9

SEATTLE UNIVERSITY

1 p.m.

Sept. 14

!Oregon State University

7 p.m.

Sept. 16

!University of Oregon

1 p.m.

Sept. 30

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA

11 a.m.

Oct. 7

*SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE

1 p.m.

Oct. 9

*UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND

4 p.m.

Oct. 14

*University of San Francisco

11:30 a.m.

Oct. 19

*BYU

6 p.m.

Oct. 21

*Santa Clara University

1 p.m.

Oct. 26

*LOYOLA MAYRMOUNT UNIVERSITY

3 p.m.

Oct. 28

*PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY

1 p.m.

Nov. 2

*University of San Diego

TBA

Nov. 4

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

3 p.m.

Home games in bold; * denotes West Coast Conference matches; all games Pacific Time Zone
!Nike Invitational - Oregon State game played in Corvallis, Ore.; Oregon game played in Eugene, Ore.

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