Regular Season Kicks Off in Michigan

Hermann Trophy candidate Katie Larkin and the 2007 BYU women's soccer team will face Michigan State on the road in the team's first match of the season. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- On Friday in the Great Lakes State, Michigan State will be the first opponent the BYU women?s soccer team will face in its 2007 campaign for another NCAA Tournament berth.

The Cougars have been ranked in the top 25 in the preseason polls by both Soccer Buzz and Soccer America and were picked in a tie for first with Utah to win the Mountain West Conference Championship.

The Cougars and the Spartans each played and won one preseason exhibition game, with a 5-0 victory over Dixie State College and a 4-0 win over Western Michigan, respectively.

BYU will stay on the road for its first three games of the season, playing at Kansas and at Colorado before returning home for the home opener against Long Beach State on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at South Stadium.

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