STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State released its 2010 women’s soccer schedule today, a slate that Cowgirl head coach Colin Carmichael considers the toughest in program history.
Among the highlights of the schedule is a trip to Oregon to take on perennial powerhouse Portland, who advanced to the Elite Eight last season and finished with a 21-2 record. Other attractive non-conference contests include Memphis and Mississippi State visiting Stillwater and a trip to Colorado Springs to take on Colorado College.
“It’s by far the most challenging and toughest schedule we’ve ever had,” said Carmichael, who has led to four consecutive trips to the Women’s Soccer Championship. “We go on the road to Portland, who will probably be ranked No. 1, 2 or 3 in the preseason. We play Memphis, who’s been an Tournament team the last three years. Colorado College is always an (tourney) team, and we play them at their place with the altitude. We’ve got games in the Dallas metroplex with and , and we bring in Mississippi State from the .
“We’re really going to test ourselves. The hope is playing such high-quality competition will pay off once we get into conference play because we’ll be better prepared. It should also help us in the , which will really be big for us at the end of the year when we’re trying to get in the Tournament.”
will host nine matches at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex in 2010, including the season opener against Bedlam-rival Oklahoma on Aug. 20. That game will be the first of two games against the Sooners and will not count in the Big 12 Conference standings. The Cowgirls will also travel to Norman to face OU in the regular-season finale, a match that will count towards the league race.
“It’s a great opportunity for the players and the fans,” said Carmichael of the chance to play an extra game against OU. “Both of us get to play on our home field, and we always have great crowds for the games. I know it’s something everybody is excited about doing.”
Coming off back-to-back Big 12 Conference championships (2008 regular season, 2009 tournament), opens conference play on Sept. 24 when the Cowgirls host Baylor. The Cowgirls also face Texas Tech, Iowa State, Colorado and Nebraska in Stillwater, while hitting the road to take on Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma.
2010 Oklahoma State Soccer Schedule
Date Opponent Location Time
Sat. Aug. 14 Tulsa (exhibition) Tulsa, Okla. 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 20 Oklahoma Stillwater, Okla. 7 p.m.
Fri. Aug. 27 Oregon Eugene, Ore. 7 p.m.
Sun. Aug. 29 Portland Portland, Ore. Noon
Fri. Sept. 3 Memphis Stillwater, Okla. 7 p.m.
Sun. Sept. 5 Murray State Stillwater, Okla. 1 p.m.
Fri. Sept. 10 Dallas, Texas 7 p.m.
Sun. Sept. 12 Ft. Worth, Texas 1 p.m.
Fri. Sept. 17 Mississippi State Stillwater, Okla. 7 p.m.
Sun. Sept. 19 Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colo. 1 p.m.
Fri. Sept. 24 Baylor Stillwater, Okla. 7 p.m.
Sun. Sept. 26 Texas Tech Stillwater, Okla. 1 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 1 Missouri Columbia, Mo. 7 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 3 Iowa State Stillwater, Okla. 1 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 8 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. 4 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 15 Colorado Stillwater, Okla. 7 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 17 Nebraska Stillwater, Okla. 1 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 22 Texas Austin, Texas 7 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 24 Texas A&M College Station, Texas 1:30 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 29 Oklahoma Norman, Okla. 7 p.m.