2012 Soccer Schedule
June 13, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army head women's soccer coach Stefanie Golan has an exciting and challenging schedule for 2012 filled with opponents from seven different conferences, along with its own Patriot League slate, as 18 teams dot the Black Knights' schedule.
The defending Patriot League Tournament champions and 2011 NCAA participant, the Black Knights have three teams on this year's schedule that competed in the NCAA Tournament. Highlighting that list is a Long Beach State team that reached the NCAA Elite Eight.
Included among Army's exhibition games is Long Island University, a 2011 NCAA participant, on Aug. 7 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Albany (Aug. 12) at venerable Clinton Field in putting the finishing touches on the preseason competition.
Army closed out 2011 at the NCAA Tournament where the Black Knights held No. 13 Penn State scoreless for over 85 minutes before suffering a 1-0 defeat. Golan, 33-18-10 entering her fourth season at the helm, returns the top three scorers from last year's 12-4-5 team (second straight year Army compiled over 10 wins) who accounted for 19 of 28 goals along with 10 game winners. Army ranked second nationally in shutout percentage (.714), third in save percentage (.915) and seventh in goals-against average (.452) in the final NCAA release.
The Black Knights enter their 27th year as a varsity sport hitting the road for their first four games when they kick off the season against America East team Vermont (Aug. 17) and Big East member Providence (Aug. 19). The following weekend finds Army headed to the Lone Star State to participate in the Border Shootout hosted by the University of Texas at El Paso. The Black Knights open tournament play Friday evening (Aug. 24) under the lights against NCAA participant Texas State, who moves to the WAC (West Athletic Conference) this season after winning the Southland Conference Championship last year. Army takes on host UTEP, a member of Conference USA, Sunday afternoon (Aug. 26).
The Black Knights make their home debut over Labor Day Weekend (Aug. 31 and Sept. 3) hosting a pair of doubleheaders with the men's soccer team. Army opens with America East member Stony Brook Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. followed by the men's game versus Iona at 7:30 p.m. On Labor Day (Sept. 3), Seton Hall (Big East) squares off against Army at 7:30 p.m. following the men's game against Binghamton at 5 p.m.
Two-time defending champion Army faces a stern test the following weekend hosting the annual Black Knight Classic when it takes on Big Ten member Iowa in the first-ever meeting between the programs Friday evening (Sept. 7) at 7 p.m. following the 3 p.m. tip-off game between Long Island University and Syracuse. Army battles Big East school Syracuse in the tournament's final game Sunday (Sept. 9) afternoon at 1:30 following the 11 a.m. game between LIU and Iowa.
The Black Knights return to the road for their first-ever trip to the state of California to participate in the Under Armour Classic hosted by Cal State Fullerton. Army starts tournament play against the host Titans Friday evening (Sept.14) and closes against the 49ers of Long Beach State on Sunday (Sept. 16). Both are members of the Big West Conference led by the two-time defending tournament champions 49ers. Long Beach State, ranked 14th in last year's final NSCAA national poll, is coming off its most successful trip to the NCAA Championships where the 49ers finished one victory away from the Final Four after bowing to Duke, 2-0, in posting an 18-6-1 mark. Army fell to the Blue Devils by that same score in last year's season opener.
Army hosts Ivy League member Columbia (Sept. 23) in its final tune-up before kicking off Patriot League competition that has the defending tournament champion Black Knights on the road for four of their seven-game slate. The Black Knights play their first three games on the road starting with Holy Cross (Sept. 29) and followed by regular-season champion Colgate (Oct. 5) and Bucknell (Oct. 7). The team is home for their next three games versus Lehigh (Oct. 14), Navy (Oct. 19) and American (Oct. 21) prior to its season finale Oct. 28 at Lafayette. The Leopards and Midshipmen ranked No. 2 and 3, respectively, at the end of last year's regular-season conference slate. The top four teams earn berths to the Patriot League Tournament the following weekend (Nov. 2/4).
The Black Knights, seeded fourth at the 2011 Patriot League Tournament, posted back-to-back shutouts over host and top-seeded Colgate, 2-0, in the opening round and No. 3 Navy, 2-0, in the championship game en route to capturing their second title and NCAA bid in four years. Army will be in the hunt to repeat this year, along with hosting the tournament as it did in 2010.