PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers women’s soccer program has released its schedule for the 2005 season. The Scarlet Knights will play a total of 19 regular-season matches, including 12 at Rutgers’ Yurcak Field.
The 12-match home slate will be highlighted by an Oct. 7 meeting with Notre Dame, the 2004 NCAA College Cup champion. In all, Rutgers will face six teams that qualified for last fall’s NCAA Tournament.
RU will begin the season with three consecutive home matches – Aug. 26 against Temple, Aug. 28 against Fairleigh Dickinson and Sept. 4 against Saint Joseph’s. All three of those matches will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Yurcak Field.
The Scarlet Knights will then head to College Park, MD, to compete in the Maryland/adidas Classic. Rutgers will play UC Santa Barbara Sept. 8 at 5:00 p.m. and the host Terps Sept. 11 at 2:30 p.m. Maryland advanced to the third round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
Rutgers will begin BIG EAST Conference divisional play Sept. 16 at home against in-state rival Seton Hall at 5:30 p.m. RU will host Loyola, a first-round NCAA qualifier a year ago, on Sept. 20 at 7:00 p.m., and will finish its three-match homestand with a BIG EAST divisional match-up against Georgetown Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Villanova, a second-round NCAA Tournament team last fall, will host Rutgers Sept. 25 at 1:00 p.m. in a conference divisional clash. RU will return home to face Monmouth Sept. 27 at 7:00 p.m. before embarking on a two-date BIG EAST cross-divisional road swing. The Scarlet Knights will play at West Virginia, a second-round NCAA team last year, Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m., then travel to Pittsburgh, PA, to face the Panthers Oct. 2 at 1:00 p.m.
RU will host 2004 NCAA College Cup champion Notre Dame Oct. 7 at 7:00 p.m., the start of a five-match home stretch. Rutgers will play DePaul in a league divisional match Oct. 9 at 1:00 p.m., followed by an Oct. 11 date with Princeton. The Scarlet Knights and Tigers, a national semifinalist in 2004, will meet at Yurcak Field at 7:00 p.m. The Scarlet Knights will finish their home slate with BIG EAST cross-divisional matches against Syracuse Oct. 14 at 7:00 p.m. and St. John’s Oct. 16 at 6:00 p.m.
The Scarlet Knights will finish the regular season with two BIG EAST divisional road matches, playing at Cincinnati Oct. 21 at 7:00 p.m. and at Louisville Oct. 23 at 1:00 p.m.
The BIG EAST Conference, which will officially become a 16-member league July 1, will split into two divisions for women’s soccer. Rutgers will play in the same division as Cincinnati, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Seton Hall and Villanova. The other division will include Connecticut, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, South Florida, Syracuse and West Virginia. Each team will face the other seven members of its division once, and will play four cross-divisional matches.
The structure for the BIG EAST Tournament also will change for the 2005 season. The top five teams in each division will qualify, with the top three seeds in each division earning a first-round bye. The fourth- and fifth-seeded teams from each division will play (4A vs. 5B; 4B vs. 5a) in the first round Oct. 26 or 27. The quarterfinal matches will be held either Oct. 29 or 30 on campus sites. A pre-determined site will host the tourney semifinals and final Nov. 4 and 6.
Rutgers finished the 2004 season with a 9-10-1 mark overall and a 4-5-1 record in conference play, advancing to the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament.
2005 Rutgers Women’s Soccer Tentative Schedule
Friday, Aug. 26 TEMPLE 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 28 FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 4 SAINT JOSEPH’S 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 8 vs. UCSB 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 11 at Maryland 2:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 16 SETON HALL* 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 20 LOYOLA (MD) 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 23 GEORGETOWN* 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 25 at Villanova* 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 27 MONMOUTH 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 30 at West Virginia# 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 2 at Pittsburgh# 1:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 7 NOTRE DAME* 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 9 DePAUL* 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 11 PRINCETON 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 14 SYRACUSE# 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 16 ST. JOHN’S# 6:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 21 at Cincinnati* 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 23 at Louisville* 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 26-27
BIG EAST Tournament First Round (Campus Sites) TBA
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 29-30
BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinals (Campus Sites) TBA
Friday, Nov. 4 BIG EAST Tournament Semifinals (TBA) TBA
Sunday, Nov. 6 BIG EAST Tournament Final (TBA) TBA
CAPS indicate home match
* indicates BIG EAST Conference divisional match
# indicates BIG EAST Conference cross-divisional match
All times local to host site