TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona soccer coach Dan Tobias has announced the 19-game schedule for the 2005 season.
The schedule includes nine opponents (Pepperdine, Cal Poly, Princeton, Utah, Portland, Washington, California, Stanford and UCLA) that participated in last year’s NCAA Tournament. Arizona, the defending Pac-10 champions, will also face five teams (Princeton, Portland, Washington, Stanford and UCLA) that finished in last year’s final NSCAA/adidas top 25 national rankings.
“We are very excited about the quality of our opponents for this fall,” Head Coach Dan Tobias said. “We not only get to face some of the top teams in the west region, but we also have some great out-of-region matches against teams like Missouri, Penn, New Mexico and 2004 College Cup participants Princeton. The Pac-10, as always in my opinion, is one of the best conferences in the country. We’re always excited to compete against the best.”
Arizona starts the season at home against Missouri on Aug. 26. The Wildcats then go on the road to compete against Pepperdine (Aug. 28) and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (Sept. 4) before traveling to Princeton, N.J. to compete in the Princeton Tournament. The Cats take on Penn (Sept. 8) followed by Princeton (Sept. 10).
The following weekend, Sept. 16-18, Arizona returns home to host its own tournament, th Four Points University Plaza Arizona Soccer Classic. The field features Cal-State Fullerton, New Mexico and Utah. Arizona will take on Utah (Sept. 16) and New Mexico (Sept. 18).
On Sept. 23, Arizona travels to Portland, Ore., to take on Portland before returning home for its final non-conference matches against UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 25) and BYU (Oct. 1).
The Wildcats will open Pacific-10 conference play by taking on Oregon and Oregon State on Oct. 7 and 9. Arizona travels to Washington to compete against Washington (Oct. 14) and Washington State (Oct. 16).
The Wildcats return home to play their final three home games of the season against California (Oct. 21), Stanford (Oct. 23) and Arizona State (Oct. 29).
The final two regular season matches come at last season’s NCAA Tournament finalist UCLA (Nov. 4) and Southern California (Nov. 6).
The NCAA Tournament will begin on Nov. 11 with the College Cup Semifinals and Finals scheduled for Dec. 2-4 on the campus of Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.