April 26, 2004
WACO, Texas - Nine 2003 NCAA tournament teams highlight the 2004 Baylor women's soccer schedule, released today by head coach George Van Linder. In addition to facing eight Big 12 teams who made the tournament last season, the Lady Bears will open the 2004 season on August 27, 2004, with a trip to South Bend, Ind., to face national-power Notre Dame.
"I think our non-conference schedule is one of the toughest in program history," Van Linder said. "At the same time, it is a schedule that will help us prepare to be successful once we begin our tough conference season."
Following the season opener against Notre Dame, who entered the NCAA tournament last year as the second-ranked team in the country, Baylor will host Rice on Tuesday, August 31, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lady Bears home opener.
The Lady Bears will also face Big 10 Conference powers Iowa and Wisconsin before playing matches against in-state foes North Texas and Texas Christian. A match against California-Irvine on Sept. 19, will serve as the team's final preparation before Big 12 play begins.
The opening of the Big 12 Conference slate could serve as the highlight of the 2004 schedule, as Baylor will host Texas A&M and Texas to open the conference season. The Lady Bears will face the Aggies at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 24, and conclude the weekend with a meeting against the Longhorns on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 1:00 p.m.
Baylor will also face Iowa State, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska on the road in conference action while hosting Big 12 rivals Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Missouri.
The Lady Bears regular-season schedule concludes when Baylor travels to Lubbock, Texas, to take on the Red Raiders at 7:00 p.m. on October 29.
Baylor recently concluded the spring practice season, closing out spring drills with an exhibition victory over Texas on Thursday, April 22.
2004 Baylor Women's Soccer Schedule Aug. 18 ARKANSAS^ 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at Houston^ 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at Notre Dame TBA Aug. 31 RICE 7 p.m.
Sept. 3 vs. Wisconsin# TBA Sept. 5 vs. Iowa# TBA Sept. 10 TEXAS CHRISTIAN 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at North Texas 7 p.m. Sept. 19 UC IRVINE 1 p.m. Sept. 24 TEXAS A&M* 7 p.m. Sept. 26 TEXAS* 1 p.m.
Oct. 1 at Iowa State* 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Kansas* 1 p.m. Oct. 8 OKLAHOMA* 7 p.m. Oct. 10 OKLAHOMA STATE* 1 p.m. Oct. 15 at Colorado* TBA Oct. 17 at Nebraska* TBA Oct. 22 NORTHERN COLORADO 7 p.m. Oct. 24 MISSOURI TBA Oct. 29 at Texas Tech* 7 p.m.
^ Exhibition # University of Missouri Tourney * Big 12 Conference game HOME GAME IN ALL CAPS