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PROVO, Utah – BYU women's soccer will face teams from seven different conferences before defending its consecutive West Coast Conference titles this fall.
The 2014 schedule, which was released today, includes games against three Pac-12 teams, including the second and third place finishers of a year ago in Washington State and Utah. The Cougars play SEC teams, Tennessee and LSU, along with Big West opponents, Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton. Baylor, Denver, Colorado College and Southern Methodist round out the non-conference slate.
Check out the 2014 schedule here
Three nonconference opponents won conference championships last year, while five made the NCAA tournament. Eleven opponents on this year's schedule have been to the NCAA tournament at least once in the previous two seasons.
"We look forward to a very challenging schedule for the fall season," BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. "The team has proven to rise to the level of competition over the past several years. Each of our non-conference games will force us to be our very best early on.
"We also want to prepare ourselves for the rigorous demands of our conference opponents. Every game we play prior to conference will have NCAA tournament implications."
BYU will defend its consecutive West Coast Conference championships with four home games and five on the road. The Cougars host fellow co-champions from a year ago Portland and Santa Clara at South Field.
BYU begins its season with the Blue/White game on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. MDT at South Field. That Saturday, the Cougars will face a team of alumni at 7 p.m. MDT before beginning the non-conference schedule.
BYU opens on the road against Cal State Fullerton on Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. PDT. The Cougars beat the Titans 3-1 last season at home.
Washington State visits South Field on Monday Aug. 25. It will be the first of two Monday night games this season.
The Cougars travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to face the Volunteers on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. EDT before returning to Provo to host Baylor on Monday, Sept. 1.
BYU plays Deseret First Duel rival Utah on Friday, Sept. 5 in Salt Lake City. The Cougars won 1-0 last fall.
After that short road trip, BYU hosts four home games in a row over two weeks. LSU makes the trip to South Field on Thursday, Sept. 11 before Long Beach State does so that Saturday, Sept. 13 for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Oregon and Colorado College visit the next week. With the Ducks playing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18 and Colorado College following that Saturday, Sept. 20.
"Our home schedule is one of the most exciting we have had in years," Rockwood said. "The program is so fortunate to have the support of an amazing fan base that provides us with one of the best college soccer environments in the country."
BYU's home schedule includes Washington State, Baylor, LSU, Long Beach State, Oregon, Colorado College, Portland, Gonzaga, Santa Clara and San Francisco. South Field held the third most total spectators in the nation last year and was second in average attendance. The South Field attendance record was set twice last year with both crowds eclipsing 5,000 fans. Both record-setting crowds were one of the 25 highest attended regular season games in NCAA women's soccer history.
A two-game road trip finishes the nonconference schedule with a game at Denver on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. MDT and a game that Saturday, Sept. 27 at Southern Methodist.
The Cougars start WCC play on the road at San Diego on Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. PDT before returning home to host Portland on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. and Gonzaga on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.
BYU travels to Loyola Marymount on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. PDT before hosting Santa Clara on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. and San Francisco that Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
"The team looks forward to the opportunity to defend our WCC championships," Rockwood said. "We are especially excited to host Portland and Santa Clara at South Field, two of the most prominent programs in the country."
The Cougars finish the conference schedule with a three-game road trip to California. They play at Saint Mary's on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. PDT, at Pacific on Saturday, Nov. 1 and at Pepperdine on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. PST.
Season ticket renewal and ticket purchasing information will be announced in the coming weeks.
Check out the 2014 schedule here