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Women’s Soccer Announces 2008 Schedule
BALTIMORE—UMBC head women’s soccer coach Alyssa Radu today announced the Retrievers’ 2008 schedule, which features four teams that advanced to the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
“We have a very tough schedule,” Radu said. “Our goal is to make the America East Championships, and we look at each game as a step toward that goal.”
UMBC opens the season at home against 2007 Patriot League regular-season champion Bucknell on Friday, Aug. 22, at 4 p.m. The Retrievers then hit the road for three tough games at regionally ranked Villanova (Aug. 24) and the Georgetown Tournament (Aug. 29-31), where they will take on the host Hoyas, who earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament, and American, the Patriot League regular-season runner-up.
“Our first four games will be a real test right out of the gate, especially with three on the road,” Radu said. “The competition against the Big East opponents (Villanova,
The Retrievers’ non-conference schedule also features Northeast Conference Tournament runner-up Sacred Heart (Sept. 5) under the lights of UMBC Stadium, as well as road games at Ivy League champion
UMBC will also host Atlantic-10 foe
UMBC opens America East play on Sept. 28 against
“I think within the conference we will be a pleasant surprise,” Radu said. “This is a different team than what the conference is accustomed to.”
The America East Championships will keep the same format as last season, with the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds hosting the quarterfinals on Thursday, Oct. 30, and the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds hosting the semifinals on Sunday, Nov. 2. The highest remaining seed will then host the title game on either Saturday, Nov. 8 or Sunday, Nov. 9.
The Retrievers look to return to the six-team conference tournament for the first time since 2005.