Women's Soccer Announces 2005 Schedule
April 7, 2005
Memphis, Tenn. - Memphis head women's soccer coach Brooks Monaghan on Thursday announced the 2005 schedule for his team. The slate of games for the fall features 18 contests, 10 of which will be played at home, all at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. The schedule features three teams that qualified for last season's NCAA Tournament and nine Conference USA games.
After a pair of exhibition games in the State of Indiana in late August, the Lady Tigers will open the regular season on Sunday, August 28 at home against Tennessee Tech, who the Tigers defeated last year 2-0, also at home. From there, Memphis takes off for Birmingham, Ala. where they will take on host Samford as well as Evansville at a weekend tournament. The Tigers had a game cancelled against Samford this past year and defeated Evansville at home. The Tigers will then play four straight home games beginning with Tennessee-Martin on Wednesday, September 7. They then take on Missouri State, which will be changing its name from the current Southwest Missouri State, on Sunday, September 11. After just one day of rest, the Tigers take on their first of two straight Southeastern Conference opponents in Ole Miss. Later that week on Friday, September 16, Memphis will welcome Mississippi State to Mike Rose. The Tigers will then wrap up non-conference play with a two-game roadtrip on consecutive Sundays, playing at Middle Tennessee and Southeast Missouri State.
The Tigers will begin play in the restructured Conference USA on Friday, September 30 when they welcome Tulane to Mike Rose. That will be followed by a Sunday afternoon game against UTEP to open the month of October. Memphis then travels to East Carolina and Marshall the following weekend before returning home to take on defending C-USA champion UAB on Saturday, October 15. The following weekend, the Tigers will welcome new conference member Central Florida to Mike Rose, which will be the second straight game against a 2004 NCAA Tournament team. The Golden Knights were champions of the Atlantic Sun Conference last season. Memphis will also play Southern Miss in the same weekend. The regular season wraps up with a roadtrip to Tulsa and SMU, with the Mustangs being the final NCAA Tournament team on the Tigers' schedule.
The Conference USA Tournament is scheduled for Thursday-Sunday, November 3-6. The location has not yet been determined but the top eight teams in the 12-team league will qualify for the event.
"We are very happy with our schedule," said Monaghan. "We feel that our non-conference games, combined with the work and improvement that we have seen this spring, will prepare us well for a much-improved Conference USA schedule. The league will be stronger than in the past and our conference schedule should prepare us well for the Conference tournament."