June 7, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. - Nonconference road matches against Oklahoma State, Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine, as well as five Pac-12 home matches highlight the 2013 Washington State soccer schedule, Cougar Head Coach Keidane McAlpine announced, Friday.
Washington State will spend its first-three weekends in Washington and Idaho. The Cougars open their season at Seattle, Aug. 23 before entertaining Idaho, Aug. 30 (3 p.m.) and Eastern Washington, Sept. 1 (Sept. 1) during their first-home weekend of the season. Boise State will host Washington State, Sept. 5 (5 p.m. MT/4 p.m. PT) as part of the Broncos' tournament that will also see the Cougars take on Weber State, Sept. 8 (noon MT/11 a.m. PT).
"Seattle played very well against the Pac-12 last year, and is a very difficult place to go play," McAlpine said. "I am very excited for our Cougs on the west side. Having a chance to open and close our season in Seattle is a great opportunity for them to see us in their backyard."
The Cougars return home to play UNLV, Sept. 13 (3 p.m.) before playing six-straight matches on the road. Washington State closes its nonconference schedule against Oklahoma State, Sept. 15 (1 p.m. CT/11 a.m. PT), Cal State Fullerton, Sept. 20 (6 p.m.) and UC Irvine, Sept. 22 (2 p.m.) followed by Pac-12 matches against Oregon, Sept. 27 (7 p.m.), UCLA, Oct. 4 (7 p.m.) and USC, Oct. 6 (1 p.m.)
"The hardest part of our schedule is made up of six away games in a row," McAlpine said. "I think that stretch of games is also the place that we will find the most out about our team. There is not a break in the schedule and it is perfect preparation closing the nonconference against three incredibly tough teams that all have the ability to make an NCAA run."
Washington State plays its Pac-12 home opener against Utah, Oct. 11 (2 p.m.) and hosts Colorado, Oct. 13 (1 p.m.). The Cougars close their homestand with Oregon State, Oct. 18 (2 p.m.)
Road matches against Arizona State, Oct. 25 (7 p.m.) and Arizona, Oct. 27 (1 p.m.) precede the Cougars' final-home weekend. Washington State welcomes California, Nov. 1 (2 p.m.) and Stanford, Nov. 3 (1 p.m.) to Pullman before heading to Washington, Nov. 8 (7 p.m.) to close the regular season.
"The home schedule is highlighted by a weekend against California and Stanford late in the year," McAlpine said. "Those games are going to be amazing because we are playing two of the top teams from the 2012 season, and that part of the year everyone is trying to position themselves for a Pac-12 Conference championship and NCAA berths!"
McAlpine added, "Ending the year with Washington is always special and, once again, it presents a chance for us to play in front of our Seattle area fans. The only thing missing is learning what amazing games are going to be broadcast by the Pac-12 Networks. There is nothing like playing on television for our student-athletes, school and fans!"