SEATTLE – Washington women’s soccer will once again have plenty of visibility with nine televised games with the announcement of the schedule on Wednesday. The Dawgs face a stiff test throughout the season with a difficult non-conference slate, followed by the always tough Pac-12 season.
The announcement of the TV schedule by the Pac-12 Networks will give fans nine chances to see the Huskies as they attempt to get back to the NCAA Tournament and contend for the conference title. The Dawgs will have two non-conference games and seven games seen within the Pac-12 season.
“I’m excited for our season and I’m excited about this schedule,” said head coach Lesle Gallimore. “It’s a fairly typical Washington schedule: tough non-conference match-ups to prepare us for the difficult competition in the Pac-12, which in turn will prepare us for the NCAA Tournament.”
“It’s great to have nine of our contests on the Pac-12 Networks. It is great exposure for our program, university and players.”
The Dawgs open the season by hosting Kentucky on Sunday, August 22, at 7 p.m. The Wildcats were NCAA Tournament participant last season as one of 11 on the Huskies 2014 schedule.
Washington will then travel to East Coast for a pair of games in the state of Pennsylvania. First, the Dawgs face La Salle, another tournament team, on August 29, before traveling west across the state to face Pittsburgh on August 31.
The television debut will come on Friday, September 5, at 6 p.m. when the Dawgs host Wisconsin. Two days later, UW hosts Dartmouth at 4 p.m., for another Pac-12 Networks broadcast. These two games, which are a part of the Husky Soccer Classic will be the only non-conference games to be televised.
The following weekend, Washington travels down I-5 to play in Portland’s tournament. The Dawgs opponents will be Miami (Fla.) and San Diego State. The Aztecs become the third non-conference opponent that qualified for the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
Washington then returns home to begin a series of rivalry games. The Dawgs face defending WAC Champion Seattle U. on Friday, September 9, at the Husky Soccer Field.
The Dawgs then head back out on the road to begin Pac-12 play at Oregon on Thursday, September 25, before finishing the non-conference slate on Sunday, September 28 at Portland. The Thursday afternoon game versus the Ducks will also be a Pac-12 Networks broadcast.
“Our non-conference slate has us matching up against eight conferences in nine matches,” said Gallimore. “We play teams two teams from the ACC and one apiece from the A-10, SEC, WCC, MWC, Big 10, Ivy, and WAC. It will be great to get this mix of competition to prepare us for conference and post-season.”
The Huskies make it three-straight road games to open Pac-12 play as they travel to the Bay Area to face Stanford and California. The Dawgs face the Cardinal on Friday, October 3, for a Pac-12 Networks game, before taking on the Golden Bears on Sunday, October 5.
The Pac-12 home slate begins the following weekend Arizona State and Arizona come to the Husky Soccer Stadium. The Sun Devils will be first for a Friday evening game, before a 1 p.m. game on Sunday, October 12, against the Wildcats on the Pac-12 Networks.
The game against the Arizona begins a stretch of seven-straight Husky games televised on the Pac-12 Networks. It continues the following Monday, October 20, when Oregon State comes to Seattle at 7 p.m.
The Dawgs then travel to the Rocky Mountains to face Utah and Colorado, beginning a stretch where four of the five Pac-12 opponents played in the NCAA Tournament last season.
The final home weekend will feature USC on Halloween night, before the defending NCAA Champions, UCLA, come to the Husky Soccer Field. The big game against the returning champs will be Sunday, November 2, at 3 p.m.
Finally, the Dawgs wrap up the season in Pullman on Friday, November 7, at 1 p.m. Washington State had a breakout season last year, but the Dawgs will be looking to reclaim control of the state with a win.
See the Full Schedule HERE.