TOWSON, Md. – A challenging 10-game road trip to open the season highlights the 2012 Towson University women’s soccer schedule announced by head coach Greg Paynter.
Paynter, who begins his sixth season with the Tigers, will see his club face three teams who advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2011, including Maryland’s Sweet 16 team.
“We spend the non-conference season on the road this year,” noted Paynter. “It’s a challenging schedule, with games against two national powerhouses in Maryland and West Virginia. We want to make sure we’re prepared for our CAA matches.”
The Tigers will open their season on Friday, August 17, when they travel to DePaul for their first ever game against the Big East foe. Towson will face another opponent for the first time ever on Sunday, August 19, when the Tigers travel to Valparaiso.
Towson faces the first of three straight in-state opponents on August 24 when the Tigers make the trip to Mount St. Mary’s. The following Friday, August 31, the Tigers make the short trip up Charles Street to face Loyola. The Greyhounds advanced the MAAC title game last season.
The Tigers open September with a trip to Maryland (Sept. 2). The Terrapins advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet Sixteen last fall. On September 7 and 9, the Tigers will travel to Annapolis to take part in the Navy Invitational. Towson will battle George Washington on Friday afternoon before facing the host Midshipmen on Sunday.
Towson wraps up its non-conference schedule on Friday, September 14 when it travels to West Virginia. The Mountaineers advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year.
Colonial Athletic Association play begins for the Tigers the weekend of September 21. The Tigers will travel to Delaware on Friday and Drexel on the following Sunday.
The Tigers will make their 2012 home debut on Friday, September 28 with a home game against Old Dominion. Towson remains home to host William & Mary (Sept. 30) and James Madison (Oct. 7).
Towson will travel to Northeastern (Oct. 12) and Hofstra (Oct. 14) before returning home on Friday, October 19, to host UNC Wilmington. The Tigers will play their fifth and final home game on October 21 against Georgia State. The regular season wraps up on October 24 at George Mason.
The CAA Tournament will feature the top six teams in the conference and will begin October 28 at the site of the highest seed.