May 22, 2006
Moraga, CA- Saint Mary's College first-year head men's soccer coach Adam Cooper today announced his 2006 schedule. The Gaels will play the maximum 20 regular season games next year, which include nine home contests and four tournament games.
"It is a tough schedule but one we look forward to," Cooper said. "It's a challenge we welcome and one that we hope will push us to continue in the right direction."
Saint Mary's will play eight non-conference games, with the season opening at the Wright State Tournament in Dayton, OH on August 25 and 27. SMC will face Butler University to open the tournament and then play host Wright State on Sunday.
The Gaels then return to California to face San Jose State on the road before opening their homestand on September 2 against Cal Poly. SMC will play two more games at home in Bowling Green on September 8 and UC Riverside on September 10 before embarking on its second tournament trip.
The Gaels will participate in their second tournament of the fall, when SMC participates in the UNLV Tournament in mid September. Saint Mary's opening game will be against host UNLV and its second game is slated to be against UC Irvine on September 17.
SMC then immediately opens West Coast Conference play with three home games from Saint Mary's Stadium. The Gaels open their conference slate against defending champion San Francisco on September 22. Saint Mary's will then play San Diego on September 29 and Loyola Marymount on October 1.
The Gaels then head to the Pacific Northwest to face Portland and Gonzaga on October 6 and 8 before having to face rival Santa Clara two games in a row. SMC will play SCU on the road on October 13 and return home to face the Broncos on October 15.
Saint Mary's then heads out on its final road swing of the regular season. SMC will play USF on October 22 and then head south to play LMU and USD on October 27 and 29.
The Gaels then return to the friendly confines of Saint Mary's Stadium to face Gonzaga and Portland. The last homestand is slated for November 3 and 5.