Women's Soccer Releases 2009 Schedule
July 2, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass women's soccer team unveiled its 2009 schedule on Thursday, which is highlighted by a non-conference road game at Boston University and six home conference matches. The Minutewomen kick off their schedule with a night game at intrastate rival Holy Cross on Aug. 28 while the home opener is set for Sept. 9, against the Providence Friars at 4 p.m. on Rudd Field. UMass is looking to build off a 2008 campaign which included a hot 3-1-2 start, two thrilling double overtime victories, and the program's first win over Dayton since 1998.
After the season opener at Holy Cross on Aug. 28, the Minutewomen will travel east to Boston to face two-time defending America East Champion Boston University for the first time since 2006. UMass has a 2-4-0 all-time record all-time against the Terriers, who have made four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
The Minutewomen return home for two straight home games on Sept. 4 and 9 against Providence and Albany before traveling to New Hampshire on Sept. 13. The squad will face off against the University of Hartford for the first time in two years on Sept. 17 in a 6 p.m. evening contest.
The final non-conference game is set for Sept. 20 at Rudd Field vs. St. Peter's.
The Atlantic 10 season opens up on the Sept. 25 at home against Saint Joseph's followed by a mach at Duquesne on Sept. 27, the two conference squads that UMass didn't face in 2008. The Minutewomen then travel to A-10 powers Saint Louis and Charlotte on Oct. 2 and 4. The 49ers, who owned a perfect record in conference play last year, have won two of three all-time games against the Minutewomen.
UMass returns home for a three game homestand spanning Oct. 9, 11, and 17 against La Salle, Fordham, and New England rival Rhode Island. The penultimate weekend finds the Minutewomen in Ohio at Xavier and Dayton on Oct. 23 and 25 before returning home for a final weekend on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 against George Washington and Richmond.
The Atlantic 10 Championships are set for Nov. 4 through 8 in Charlotte, N.C. as UMass will be looking for its first tournament appearance since 2004.