May 29, 2006
WACO, Texas -- Eight 2005 NCAA Championship participants and nine home games highlight the 2006 Baylor women's soccer schedule, released Monday by head coach George Van Linder.
In addition to facing five Big 12 teams who made the tournament last season, the Lady Bears will face three non-conference opponents who made the NCAA Championships last season, including a trip to Portland, Ore., to face defending national champion Portland on Sept. 8, 2006.
"We have always taken a lot of pride in playing a strong schedule and this schedule has some difficult non-conference games as well as the always tough, conference slate," Van Linder said. "We expect this years' squad to be able to handle a schedule of this magnitude."
Baylor opens the 2006 season with an exhibition game against Stephen F. Austin on Friday, Aug. 18, at 7:00 p.m. before opening the regular season by hosting Northwestern State on Friday, Aug. 25, at 7:00 p.m.
The Lady Bears will travel to face Big 10 Conference opponents Purdue and Indiana before traveling to Portland to take on the Pilots and Washington. Baylor will also travel to face Houston before closing out the non-conference slate with contests against Texas-San Antonio and Samford at Betty Lou Mays Field the weekend of Sept. 15-17.
The opening of the Big 12 Conference slate could serve as the highlight of the 2006 schedule, as Baylor will host three straight contests to open the conference season. The Lady Bears will face Texas A&M at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 22, and conclude the weekend with a meeting against Texas on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 7:00 p.m. The three-game home stand concludes with a meeting against Iowa State on Friday, Sept. 29, at 7:00 p.m.
Baylor will also face Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska on the road in conference action while hosting Big 12 rivals Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
The Lady Bears regular-season schedule concludes when Baylor travels Lubbock, Texas, to take on the Red Raiders at 7:00 p.m. on October 27.
Baylor returns six starters, including leading goal scorer Amanda McGrath as well as goalie Ashley Holder, from last year's squad.