10 Men's Soccer Games To Air On Pac-12 Networks
June 21, 2012
View full schedule here: http://www.gohuskies.com/sports/m-soccer/sched/wash-m-soccer-sched.html.
SEATTLE - The Husky men's soccer team officially announced its 2012 schedule in conjunction with the release of the Pac-12 Networks TV schedule for the sport.
An exhibition game vs. Simon Fraser on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. will be your first look at the 2012 team. The Huskies will kick off the regular season on Aug. 24 at home vs. Gonzaga at 5 p.m. The game vs. Gonzaga will be the first of 10 that you can watch featuring the Huskies on the Pac-12 Networks throughout the season.
Also included on their schedule are two meetings with each of the five Pac-12 Conference schools. After a second place finish to UCLA in the conference last year, which saw undefeated UCLA advance to the final four, the Huskies look to improve upon 2011 and earn a bid to the NCAA tournament for the 2012 season.
The Huskies finished up their 2011 season with a 12-4-2 overall and 7-3-0 in the conference.
"The Pac-12 conference should bounce back from a subpar year, and become a powerhouse in the west. It will be a grueling 10 game slate, but hopefully we can move up one spot higher this year and win the conference," said head coach Jamie Clark.
Huskies will then stay in Seattle to take on Cal Poly. Up next, UW heads to Portland on August 31st for the eighth year in a row. Last year the Huskies came home with two big "W's" and hope to continue this tread in 2012 as there they face Wisconsin and Cal State Bakersfield.
They will then travel across the country to take on Connecticut in Storrs, Conn, which will be a great team test for the Huskies. From there, UW will head south to the UAB Tournament where the Huskies will play Memphis and UAB the weekend of Sept. 14-16.
Returning to their home turf, the Huskies take on Brown and Seattle University in their home tournament before a 10 game string with conference teams, where they play each of the five teams twice--Oregon State, San Diego State, UCLA, California and Stanford.
The Seattle U game will be the second game of the season that Husky fans can watch on the Pac-12 Networks. Games against Oregon State, Cal, Stanford and UCLA at home and at UCLA, Cal, Stanford and Oregon State will also air live.
The Huskies began their 2011 conference season with defeats against Oregon State and UCLA, but returned with a five game winning streak. After beating SDSU, the Huskies shutout Stanford 2-0, beat Cal and then earned victories against both Stanford and Cal in their second meeting as well.
Also in 2011, the Huskies were beat in both showings against UCLA. The Bruins edged the Huskies out of a trip to the NCAA tournament, something the Huskies are focused on changing this season.
Coach Clark notes, "2012 looks to be a great year for Husky soccer. We have a tough out of conference schedule that will test the team and also prepare us for PAC12 play. Games at UAB and UCONN should be real measuring stick games. Hosting perennial NCAA tournament team Brown and local rival Seattle University should make for an entertaining Husky Classic Tournament."
The NCAA Tournament begins on Nov. 15 and concludes with the College Cup on Dec. 9.
The Pac-12 Networks will feature 28 live contests on the networks' first season of televised action. The schedule kicks off with a doubleheader Friday, August 24 with Gonzaga at Washington at 5:00 PM PT (8:00 PM ET), followed by the 2011 Pac-12 Conference Champion UCLA hosting the University of New Mexico at 7:00 PM PT (10:00 PM ET).
"We are thrilled about the way our fall schedule is coming together and men's soccer is a big part of that," said Pac-12 Enterprises President Gary Stevenson. "Traditionally, the Pac-12 is highly competitive from top to bottom in men's soccer and produces contenders for the College Cup every year. The fact that the race for the Pac-12 title is up for grabs and will play out on the Pac-12 Networks is very exciting."
The Pac-12 Networks launch August 15 and will consist of one national and six regional networks devoted solely to the Pac-12. In addition to the hundreds of live televised Pac-12 sporting events, Pac-12 Networks subscribers will have access to their carrier's TV Everywhere platform, providing access to all Pac-12 Networks programming on any device through their broadband service. Fans can find out if they can get Pac-12 Networks by visiting www.Pac-12.org or by contacting their television provider.
"The PAC12 network will give our team incredible TV exposure," Clark added. "We will have more games televised that many entire conferences. This is great for both our program and players alike. With this new exposure comes the responsibility of putting a great quality product out on the field, and I know our guys are excited to perform on a bigger stage."