Women's Soccer Announces 2006 Schedule
April 27, 2006
For Immediate Release
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's soccer team will play five 2005 NCAA Tournament teams in its 2006 fall season schedule that was announced on Thursday.
The Lady Tigers will open their season with two preseason games, including one against 2005 Atlantic 10 champion Saint Louis. The Billikens made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season and are ranked No. 30 in Soccer Buzz's final 2005 national poll. Memphis will play Saint Louis at home at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18. The U of M will also play at Christian Brothers University in a preseason exhibition match-up.
For the first time in the program's history, Memphis will host a four-team tournament in September. Participants in the tournament include 2005 Ohio Valley Conference champion Samford along with Alabama and Arkansas State. The Lady Tigers will play Samford, a team that made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2005, on Saturday, Sept. 2., and then will play Alabama on the following Monday. The Lady Tigers Fall Tournament will coincide with a four-team tournament hosted by the Memphis men's soccer team on Friday and Sunday, providing soccer fans with four-straight days of tournament soccer.
In its non-conference schedule, Memphis will play four Southeastern Conference schools (Ole Miss, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi State), one Missouri Valley Conference School (Missouri State) and two Ohio Valley Conference schools (Southeast Missouri and Samford). Ole Miss is another team that made it to the NCAA Tournament last year and is a team that the Lady Tigers beat 3-0 during the spring.
Memphis will conclude its 18-game regular season schedule with nine conference games. Among the Conference USA opponents are three teams that made it to the NCAA Championship in 2005; SMU, Rice and UTEP. 2005 C-USA tournament champion Rice and 2005 regular season co-champion SMU both made it to the second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Tigers will also play at new C-USA affiliate Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The 2006 C-USA Tournament will be hosted by SMU in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 1-5.
2006 Memphis Women's Soccer Schedule
8/16 @ CBU (Preseason) Memphis, Tenn. 5 p.m. 8/18 Saint Louis (Preseason) Mike Rose Stadium 7 p.m. 8/25 @ Tennessee Tech Cookeville, Tenn. 4 p.m. 8/27 @ UT Martin Martin, Tenn. 2 p.m.