Texas Tech Announces 2010 Soccer Schedule
April 29, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech will host nine soccer matches next fall, including the second-annual Red Raider Classic, while taking trips to Notre Dame and Alabama as part of its 2010 schedule announced Thursday by head coach Tom Stone.
"We have put together a non-conference schedule that will challenge us right from the opening game when we renew our budding rivalry with a talented TCU squad," Stone said. "Going forward, it's just one challenge after another for 10-straight non-conference games that will feature some exciting home games for our fans and some real challenges on the road."
The Red Raiders, coming off their first .500 record since 1998, open the season at home against the Horned Frogs on Aug. 20 and Texas State on Aug. 22 and follow with two-straight weekends on the road. Tech and TCU played to a double-overtime thriller in 2009 with the Red Raiders ultimately gaining the final advantage off a Brittney Harrison game-winning goal with only 30 seconds remaining.
Tech plays at Northwestern State on Aug. 27, Rice on Aug. 29, and then travels to South Bend, Ind. to face both Ole Miss (Sept. 3) and host Notre Dame (Sept. 5), two NCAA Championship squads a year ago. The Fighting Irish advanced all the way to the NCAA College Cup in 2009, falling to eventual National Champion North Carolina in the semifinal match.
Tech returns home on Sept. 10 for the second-annual Red Raider Classic as Lamar, Oral Roberts, and North Texas will all participate in the four-team round robin. The Red Raiders will face North Texas in the Friday night match, and then close the weekend against Oral Roberts on Sept. 12.
The Red Raiders close the non-conference portion of the schedule with a return trip to Alabama to face the Crimson Tide on Sept. 17 and UAB on Sept. 19. Alabama edged the Red Raiders in 2009 on a last-second goal in overtime during the Red Raider Classic, while the meeting with the Blazers will be the first in school history
"Obviously, our trip to South Bend to take on Ole Miss and Notre Dame will be a big weekend and a chance to rate ourselves against a top 20 team and a perennial final four team," Stone said. "These first 10 games will provide our squad the opportunity to show what we can do against some quality opponents and prepare us for the level of play and intensity that a Big 12 season requires."
Tech begins the Big 12 portion of its schedule in the Sooner State with a Sept. 24 match at Oklahoma and a Sept. 26 showdown with the Cowgirls of Oklahoma State. Colorado and Nebraska arrive in Lubbock the following weekend as the Red Raiders will face the Buffaloes on Oct. 1 and Nebraska on Oct. 3.
A trip to in-state rivals Texas and Texas A&M immediately follows as the Red Raiders and Longhorns will kickoff on Oct. 8, while Tech and the Aggies will battle on Oct. 10.
The Red Raiders close the season with three of the last four matches at home as Kansas (Oct. 15), Iowa State (Oct. 22), and the defending Big 12 regular season champion Missouri Tigers(Oct. 24) all travel to Lubbock. Tech rounds out its regular season in the Battle for the Brand match with Baylor on Oct. 29 in Waco.
"Overall, it's an exciting schedule but also a dangerous one," Stone said. "It is dangerous because if we come out of the first 10 matches the way I hope we can, then we will be a dangerous team in conference play. If not, then it's dangerous because it's a tall order to make up ground in Big 12 play. You absolutely have to be at your best each and every weekend in the Big 12."
The top eight schools in the conference standings will advance to the Big 12 Championship Nov. 3-7 in San Antonio, Texas, where the winner will receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Championship. The NCAA College Cup is Dec. 2-4 in Cary, N.C.
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