Pac-12 women's soccer schedule unveiled with 69 games set to be televised live in 2014
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The 2014 Pac-12 women’s soccer schedule was unveiled on Wednesday and will feature an unprecedented 69 games live on the Pac-12 Networks, the Conference office announced today.
The 2014 campaign starts Friday, Aug. 22 with 11 of 12 teams in action across the country. UCLA, the reigning Pac-12 Champions, begins its defense of its first national title in program history by hosting ACC foe Maryland at home. That game is one of four games set to be televised live on opening day of the season as Pac-12 women’s soccer kicks off the third year of Pac-12 Networks live broadcasts for the third-consecutive year. The other three games all feature Conference teams that participated in last year’s NCAA tournament, with COLORADO hosting Colorado State, CALIFORNIA hosting San Francisco and WASHINGTON STATE welcoming TCU to Pullman.
The Networks will carry 42 games between two Pac-12 opponents, along with an additional 27 non-conference games. The out-of-league slate is highlighted by a 2013 Elite Eight rematch between North Carolina and UCLA in Los Angeles on Friday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. PT.
Conference play opens on Thursday, Sept. 25 as Oregon hosts Washington at 4 p.m. PT. The Conference season stretches through Friday, Nov. 7 with the final nine games of the season broadcast on Pac-12 Networks.
The Bruins will again be strong as they try to claim the Conference title for the second-straight year. They will be led by three-time All-American defender Abby Dahlkemper, in addition to a bevy of returning starters. There is plenty of talent around the league, however, and every team is deep enough to challenge UCLA in 2014.
The 2014 College Cup takes place Dec. 5 and 7 this year, with postseason action beginning Nov. 14 at campus sites. In total six teams—California, Colorado, STANFORD, UCLA, UTAH and Washington State— qualified for the 2013 NCAA Championship, with UCLA and Stanford finishing in the top 10 in the final NSCAA rankings. The Bruins spent the entire 2013 campaign ranked in the top-5 in that poll.