July 16, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego head women's soccer coach Ada Greenwood has released the 2007 scheduled, which is highlighted by the opening weekend home matches against Wake Forest University and Duke University, who will be playing USD and Pepperdine University in the adidas WCC/ACC Challenge at USD's Torero Stadium.
San Diego is slated to face seven teams that competed in the 2006 NCAA playoffs, starting with the Demon Deacons on Aug. 31 at Torero Stadium. Wake Forest has made 11 consecutive appearances in the NCAA playoffs. The Toreros will also be squaring off against perennial power UCLA on its home pitch on Sept. 14 in a 7 p.m. match. The Bruins have reached the National Championship match for the past two consecutive seasons. Another big highlight for the Toreros will be their match at the University of Portland on Thursday Oct. 25. This match is scheduled to me aired live on the Fox Soccer Channel as a nationally televised broadcast.
10 regular-season home matches are on the women's schedule in 2007. The three non-conference opponents will feature matches against Cal Poly (Sept. 16), Cal State Northridge (Sept. 28) and Cal State Bakersfield (Oct. 5). USD will then welcome national power and WCC foe Santa Clara on Oct. 14 to kick off three consecutive home WCC matches. Loyola Marymount (Oct. 19) and Pepperdine (Oct. 21) will round off the three-match home stand. The final home match of the season will be against the University of San Francisco in the final regular-season match on Nov. 10.
Road trips include two out of region teams in the University of Dayton and Big-10 power Ohio State University in the second week of the season. The Toreros will also be on the road to face the strong Big Wet Conference in matches at UC Irvine, UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton.
The remaining two road matches will be no easy task for the Toreros as they will head to Gonzaga on Oct. 28, followed a trip to the Bay Area and a match against Saint Mary's on Nov. 2.
The Toreros will aim to return to the NCAA postseason after having a two-year absence from the tournament. Prior to the past two seasons, USD had made six consecutive trips to the tournament.