Aug. 9, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University Athletics has announced the 2013 women's soccer schedule, which boasts nine home games and a journey to the west coast of the United States.
The Owls open their preseason under first-year head coach Patrick Baker with a cross-state contest at Florida Gulf Coast University on Friday, Aug. 16.
"We are very excited about the opportunities this fall in the non-conference season and within our first season as a member of Conference USA," Baker said.
FAU fans will get their first view of the new squad with regular-season home matches against the University of Albany on Friday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m., and the University of Arizona on Sunday, Aug. 25.at 1 p.m., at FAU's Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. After returning to FGCU for matches against Davidson College and Mississippi State University on Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, respectively, the Owls host the University of Miami on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m.
"We have a very challenging nonconference schedule that will put us against good teams from a number of different conferences," Baker said. "The PAC-12, ACC, SEC and the Big East highlight the fall and those games will be great environments for our players."
FAU gets its first taste of out-of-state action on Thursday, Sept. 19 with a trip to Los Angeles to battle the University of Southern California. The Owls finish up the nonconference slate with a home match against the University of Memphis on Sunday, Sept. 22 before making their debut in C-USA at UTSA in Texas on Friday, Sept. 27. "The Conference USA schedule is one that will be interesting by playing so many teams we are unfamiliar with, yet exciting to be involved in," Baker said.
Seven of FAU's final eight regular-season games will come against the East Division of C-USA with matches against UNC-Charlotte, East Carolina University, FIU, Middle Tennessee State University, Marshall, UAB, and Old Dominion. The Owls also will face Tulsa University and UTEP out of the West Division. The Conference USA Tournament, hosted by Rice University, is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 10 in Houston, Texas.
"We have a season-long vision of where we would like to be each month and hopefully we can be one of those teams playing in November," Baker said.