May 12, 2006
Moraga, CA - First-year head coach Kelly Lindsey announced today the 2006 Saint Mary's College women's soccer schedule. Saint Mary's will play 19 games next season and will open the schedule at home against Long Island University. The Gaels will play five games against 2005 NCAA Tournament teams, which includes the University of Portland, the 2005 National Champions.
"This is going to be an exciting year for the Gaels," said first-year head coach Kelly Lindsey. "We will be young, but energized, talented, and eager to take this program to the next level. I am excited about the future of the program, and extremely passionate about the progress we made this spring. The 2006 season is just around the corner, and we will be excited to kick it off on August 25."
Lindsey will make her head-coaching debut on August 25, when the Gaels will take the field at home against Long Island at 4:30 p.m. in Saint Mary's Stadium. Following the game against the Blackbirds, SMC will travel to Sacramento State for a Wednesday afternoon game. The Gaels will then play in its first tournament of the season, when SMC play Kansas and Cal State Fullerton on September 1 and 3, respectively, in the California Tournament in Berkeley.
"Our non-conference schedule is filled with competitive tournaments that will take us to the East Coast and back. I think the diversity in the type of soccer we will come up against will helps us train our team to read the game on any level. This schedule will provide our team with some different looks than we will see during WCC play, and ultimately prepare the team to handle any situation during our conference schedule," said Lindsey.
Following the match against the Titans, SMC will host the 2006 SMC Fall Soccer Classic on Sept. 8 and 10. The Fall Soccer Classic will begin when Cal and Air Force square off in Saint Mary's Stadium at 11 a.m. on Sept. 8, followed by SMC and Vanderbilt at 1:30 p.m. The tournament will conclude on Sunday when SMC hosts Air Force at 4 p.m. Cal and Vanderbilt will play their game at Berkeley.
Following the SMC hosted event, the Gaels will travel to the East Coast to compete in the Harvard Invitational in Boston. SMC will open the Harvard Invite against Northeastern on Nov. 15, followed by a Sunday game against the host, Harvard, at 1:30 p.m. SMC will return home for one game against San Jose State, before returning to the road for games against New Mexico and Northern Arizona on September 29 and October 1 as part of the New Mexico Tournament. The final warm up before WCC action begins has SMC playing at home against UC Davis on Oct. 6 at 4 p.m.
"With 11 opponents who have found their way into the Top 25 over the past two years, we will have our hands full this season," said Lindsey "We're looking forward to raising the level of play and there is only one way to reach the top, and that is to compete against the best in the country. The non-conference schedule will be competitive, and it will do a good job preparing us for the level of competition we will see in the West Coast Conference."
The Gaels open conference play in Saint Mary's Stadium against San Francisco on Oct. 8 at 3 p.m., followed by a trip to Gonzaga (Oct. 13) and Portland (Oct. 15). SMC returns home to host Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount on Oct. 20 and 22 and will break away from WCC play, when the Gaels travel to UC Santa Barbara on October 26. The road trip will continue when SMC travels to San Diego for a Sunday game against the Toreros on Oct. 29. SMC will close the 2006 regular season at home on Nov. 4 against rival Santa Clara.
Lindsey added, "With the WCC ranked as the third-best women's soccer conference in the country in 2005, we are eager to attack the competition. We know we can compete for the top spot in the conference, and will be fully prepared coming off of our non-conference schedule to put our stamp on the WCC this season."