DURHAM, N.H. - Head coach Michael Jackson of the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team announced the team's schedule for the 2012 season Friday morning.
The Wildcats will start play with an exhibition match when they travel to Franklin Pierce on Aug. 20 (1 p.m.). Regular-season play will officially start when the team travels to Vermont for a pair of games at the TD Bank Vermont Classic. There, they will face Fairfield Aug. 24 (1:30 p.m.) for an afternoon tilt and then wrap up play at the tournament against Central Connecticut (Aug. 26 – 11 a.m.). New Hampshire will stay on the road as they travel to Northeastern (Aug. 31 – 6 p.m.) and then to Brown (Sept. 2 – 5 p.m.) for the first of three Ivy League contests.
The 'Cats will play their first home game of the season when they host Rhode Island for a night match (Sept. 7 – 7 p.m.). After the brief stint at home, New Hampshire will be back on the road for another string of road contests, starting with a match at Providence (Sept. 9 – 3 p.m.). The Wildcats will then move on to Dartmouth (Sept. 14 – 7 p.m.) for their second Ivy League match. From Dartmouth the team will head to the Bay State for tilts against UMass (Sept. 16 – 1 p.m.) and Holy Cross (Sept. 19 – 7 p.m.).
The squad will return home for the start of conference play when they host the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers (Sept. 23 – 2 p.m.). UMBC finished the 2011 season with a conference record of 0-6-2, finishing last in the conference. New Hampshire will then take a quick road trip to Binghamton (Sept. 27 – 2 p.m.) looking to avenge the 1-0 loss that ended their season in the quarterfinals of the 2011 America East Championship tournament.
New Hampshire then hosts Hartford (Sept. 30 – 2 p.m.) at home for family weekend, followed by Harvard (Oct. 2 – 7 p.m.) and Vermont (Oct. 7 – 2 p.m.), also at home. After the three home games, the team returns to the road to battle Albany (Oct. 11 – 7:30 p.m.) for a neutral-site contest at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y. Just a few days later the Wildcats will head north to Orono, Maine to take on border-rival University of Maine (Oct. 14 – 2 p.m.).
New Hampshire will look to extend its America East record-streak of 11 consecutive conference tournament appearances. The quarterfinal round will take place Oct. 25 while the semifinals are slated for Oct. 28. The conference championship will be held either Nov. 3 or 4, followed by the start of the NCAA tournament that kicks off Nov. 9.