2010 ASU Women's Soccer Schedule Once Again Looks to be Among the Most Difficult in the Country

May 24, 2010

In 2010 the Arizona State women's soccer team will once again find itself navigating through one of the toughest schedules in the country as it competes against 11 teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season. Below are some quick notes on each of ASU's 2010 opponents.

Aug. 20 at Northern Arizona 4 p.m. PT, Flagstaff, Ariz.

NAU finished last season 10-9-2 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament, losing at Stanford in the first round 2-0. The Sun Devils have won six of the seven all-time meetings between the two schools, including each of the last two seasons (4-2 in Flagstaff in 2008 and 4-0 last year in Tempe.

Aug. 29 vs. Baylor 1 p.m., Tempe, Ariz.

Baylor was 8-6-5 last season. The eight wins were the most for the Bears since 2002. The Sun Devils have won the prior three meetings against the Bears, most recently in 2008 when they went to Waco, Texas, and defeated Baylor 1-0.

Sept. 3 at Charlotte 7 p.m. ET, Charlotte, N.C.

ASU's first road assignment of 2010 figures to be a tough one as the Sun Devils will face a Charlotte team that went 10-2 at home last season. The 49ers finished the 2009 season 16-3-2 and just missed out on an NCAA Tournament berth as they fell to Dayton in the Atlantic 10 Championship final. In the only prior meeting between the two schools ASU defeated Charlotte 1-0 in Tempe in 2007.

Sept. 5 at South Carolina 2 p.m. ET, Columbia, S.C.

The defending SEC champion Gamecocks (19-4-2 in 2009) are coming off the most successful season in program history after qualifying for the NCAA round of 16 and finishing the season No. 9 in the country. This will be the first ever meeting between ASU and South Carolina.

Sept. 10 vs. Tennessee 7 p.m. PT, Tempe, Ariz.

Without question, one of the signature moments of ASU's 2009 season came in the first month of play at Tennessee (8-9-3 in 2009) when it overcame a 2-0 second-half deficit to win 3-2 in overtime. Karin Volpe scored the game-tying goal with 14 seconds left and then won the game in overtime on her way to Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. This will be the third all-time meeting between ASU and Tennessee (series tied at 1-1).

Sept. 12 vs. Nebraska 1:30 p.m. PT, Tempe, Ariz.

The Sun Devils came through with a brilliant defensive effort against Nebraska (11-5-4 in 2009) last season in what was the first ever meeting between the two schools. After scoring 29 goals in its prior four games, Nebraska could only muster a single goal against ASU as the two teams played to a 1-1 draw in Lincoln. Taylor McCarter scored the first goal of her career to tie the game in the second half and the Sun Devils nearly came away with the win after Karin Volpe appeared to score the game winner in overtime, however the goal was nullified because of an offsides infraction.

Sept. 17 vs. Ohio State, 5 p.m. PT, Tucson, Ariz.

The Sun Devils will make the 90-minute drive to Tucson where they will compete in the University of Arizona's event. ASU will open up play on Sept. 17 when it meets Ohio State for the first time in program history. The Buckeyes lost to Oregon State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2009 and concluded the season with a 14-4-2 record, including a program-best 7-2-1 record in Big Ten play.Sept. 19 vs. Central Florida, 10:30 a.m. PT, Tucson, Ariz.ASU will conclude its weekend in Tucson with a contest against Central Florida in what will be the second all-time meeting between the two schools. The Sun Devils won the only prior meeting (1-0) in 2007 at the UNLV Rebel Classic. UCF would have been ASU's second round opponent in last year's NCAA Tournament if the Sun Devils would have upset Wisconsin. Instead it was the Badgers who would go on to pull off the 1-0 upset of third-seeded UCF. The Knights ended the season with a 17-5-1 record, tying the second-most wins in school history.

Sept. 24 at Long Beach State, 4 p.m. PT, Los Angeles

The 49ers were 5-11-3 last season after qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history in 2008. Despite the proximity, this will be only the second meeting between the Sun Devils and 49ers. A goal by Karin Volpe gave the Sun Devils a 1-0 win in the only previous meeting in 2008 in Tempe.

Sept. 26 at Pepperdine, 1 p.m. PT, Malibu, Calif.

For the second time in three seasons the Sun Devils will be making the trip to Malibu, Calif., to take on Pepperdine. Last season ASU defeated Pepperdine (11-7-1 in 2009) for the first time in six games (1-4-1 all-time record) with a 1-0 win in Tempe. Jill Shoquist's goal five minutes into the second half propelled the Sun Devils to victory. Two years ago the two teams played to a 1-1 tie in Malibu.

Oct. 8 at Washington State, 2 p.m. PT, Pullman, Wash.

The Sun Devils will begin Pac-10 play on the road for the second straight season when they face Washington State on Oct. 8 in Pullman, Wash. The Cougars are coming off back-to-back NCAA appearances for the first time in school history after advancing to the second round of last year's tournament where they lost at Maryland 1-0. Along the way the Cougars tied the school record for wins (14-6-1). While the Sun Devils have won five of the last seven against Washington State overall, the Cougars bring a two-game wining streak into this year's contest after defeating ASU 1-0 (2 OTs) in the 2008 regular-season finale in Pullman and 2-1 last season in Tempe.

Oct. 10 at Washington, 2:30 p.m. PT, Seattle

Washington is also coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances after last year's NCAA foray, which ended in a second round defeat at Portland. The Huskies went 12-6-4 last season, including a 3-3-3 mark in Pac-10 play (fifth place). Last season the Sun Devils and Huskies played to a 1-1 tie in Tempe.

Oct. 15 vs. Arizona, 7 p.m. PT TempeThe Sun Devils have had double-overtime setbacks to the Wildcats each of the last two years. As they say, you can `throw the records out' anytime a contest involves traditional rivals.

Oct. 22 vs. Stanford, 7 p.m. PT Tempe

The Cardinal is coming off its best season in school history as it came within one win of a perfect season (25-1) before falling to North Carolina 1-0 in the national title game. Because of a scheduling quirk, Stanford (and Cal) did not visit Tempe last season so this will be Stanford's first visit to Sun Devil Soccer Stadium since 2007 when ASU played the Cardinal to a scoreless tie.

Oct. 24 vs. California, 1 p.m. PT Tempe

The Sun Devils are seeking their first win against California since the 2006 season. They were close each of the last two seasons as the Sun Devils and Golden Bears went to overtime in 2008 (2-2 tie) and again last season (3-2 Cal). California concluded the 2009 season with an 11-9-1 record, finishing tied for sixth place in the Pac-10 (4-5). The Golden Bears made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they lost to Florida State.

Oct. 29 at Oregon State, 7 p.m. PT Corvallis, Ore.

Similar to the scheduling oddity that had ASU traveling to the Bay Area the last two years, this season marks the first time that the Sun Devils will be traveling to Oregon since 2007. Last season the Sun Devils defeated the Beavers for the third consecutive season with a 1-0 win in overtime. In 2009 Oregon State (14-8-1, 4-5 Pac-10) tied for sixth in the Pac-10 and advanced to the round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

Oct. 31 at Oregon, 1 p.m. PT Eugene, Ore.

The Sun Devils will be looking for consecutive wins against the Ducks after snapping a three-match losing streak with their 2-0 win in Tempe in last season's regular-season finale. The victory helped propel the Sun Devils into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003. The Ducks (9-10-1, 1-8-0 Pac-10) finished tied for ninth in the Pac-10 last season.

Nov. 5 vs. USC, 7 p.m. PT Tempe, Ariz.

Last time USC visited Tempe in 2008 the Sun Devils came away with a 1-0 upset win over the Women of Troy, who were ranked No. 7 in the nation at the time. The Sun Devils gave USC another tough match last season in Los Angeles, however were not able to generate any offense in a 1-0 loss. USC (12-6-3, 4-3-2 Pac-10) finished fourth in the Pac-10 last season and once again made it to the NCAA Tournament, however was defeated by Oklahoma State in the first round in a contest that was decided by a penalty kick shootout.

Nov. 7 vs. UCLA, 1 p.m. MT, Tempe, Ariz.

The Sun Devils had a chance to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the year in 2009 when they went to Los Angeles and pushed the Bruins to double overtime. In the end however UCLA was able to score the winning goal to take the match 3-2. Alyssa Gillmore tied ASU's single-game school record for saves with 14 against the Bruins (21-3-1, 8-1 Pac-10 in 2009), who last season earned a College Cup berth for the seventh consecutive season where they lost to Stanford 2-1 (OT) in the national semifinals.

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