July 5, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. -
The Missouri Tigers women's soccer team will embark upon a competitive 18-game 2012 schedule with all new opponents in its inaugural Southeastern Conference (SEC) season. Missouri's slate includes 12 teams that advanced to NCAA Championships in 2011.
"This is our most challenging schedule in years, but we feel like we have the team that can rise to the occasion," Head Coach Bryan Blitz said. "It will help us prepare to go deep into the NCAA Tournament."
The season begins with seven non-conference matches featuring two teams that advanced to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
After a preseason road game at Southern Methodist on Aug. 11, Missouri officially opens the 2012 season with home games against Memphis and UC Santa Barbara. The Tigers face their first true test of the season on Aug. 17 against the Memphis Tigers. Memphis fell in the second round of last year's NCAA Tournament, finishing eighth in NCAA rankings with a 22-1-1 record. Missouri then turns to the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos on Sunday, Aug. 19.
The Tigers fly to Berkeley, Calif., on Aug. 26 to face the ranked Cal Golden Bears. Cal made it to the second round of NCAA postseason play and ranked No. 36 in the nation with a 12-6-4 record.
Missouri then returns to Walton Stadium to take on Arizona State on Aug. 31. The Tigers defeated the Sun Devils 1-0 in their last matchup on Sept. 11 of last year.
On Thursday, Sept. 6, Missouri closes its non-conference play with another top-ranked team in a road tilt at Ohio State. Mizzou claimed a 1-0 win over the Buckeyes at home in 2011, before Ohio State made it to round three of the NCAA Tournament and ended the year 12-9-2.
The Tigers, who will compete in the Eastern Division, will host six SEC games and travel to seven road contests.
Mizzou will travel to Auburn, Ala., to face the Auburn Tigers on Friday, Sept. 14 in the team's first official SEC contest. Auburn claimed the 2011 SEC Tournament title in the Eastern Division and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, ending the season with a 15-7-2 record. Missouri leads the all-time series 2-0 and earned a 2-1 win over Auburn in the last meeting on Sept. 11, 2009.
The Tigers then travel to Columbia, S.C., on Sunday, Sept. 16 for their first-ever matchup with South Carolina. The Gamecocks claimed the 2011 SEC Regular Season title and posted a mark of 16-7, while making the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
On Friday, Sept. 21, Missouri opens the home portion of its conference slate as the team hosts the Ole Miss Rebels at Walton Stadium. The Rebels are coming off an 8-10-1 record in 2011 and hold a 2-0 edge in the all-time series.
Two days later, the Tigers host the Vanderbilt Commodores, who finished 2011 with an 8-11 mark. Mizzou owns a 2-0-1 lead in the all-time series. The two teams last met on Sept. 13, 2009, a game that ended in a 1-1 tie.
The Tigers hit the road again on Friday, Sept. 28 for a contest against Georgia in Athens, Ga. The Bulldogs advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2011 and concluded the season with a 13-7-2 record. The Tigers and Bulldogs have never met.
Missouri then travels to Knoxville, Tenn., for its first-ever game against the Tennessee Lady Vols on Sunday, Sept. 30. Tennessee qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season and finished with a 15-7 mark in 2011.
On Friday, Oct. 5, Mizzou returns to Walton Stadium for a matchup against the Kentucky Wildcats, who earned an NCAA Tournament bid in 2011 and finished the season 13-7-1. The Wildcats hold a 1-0-1 lead in the all-time series, including a 1-0 win over the Tigers on Sept. 17, 2004 in Columbia.
Mizzou returns home to host the Kentucky Wildcats on Friday, Oct. 5 and the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Sunday, Oct. 7. Kentucky earned an NCAA Tournament bid in 2011 and finished the year with a 13-7-1 mark. The Bulldogs concluded 2011 with a 6-10-3 record. The two teams have met twice before, with each winning one contest. The Bulldogs claimed the last meeting, a 1-0 victory, on Sept. 12, 2003.
The Tigers hit the road for Gainesville, Fla., for a contest against the Florida Gators on Friday, Oct. 12. Florida finished 2011 with a 17-8 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Gators defeated the Tigers 2-0 last season and hold a 2-0-1 lead in the all-time series.
Mizzou stays on the road to face the Alabama Crimson Tide on Sunday, Oct. 14 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in the first contest between the teams. Alabama posted a 10-9-3 mark in 2011.
On Friday, Oct. 19, the Arkansas Razorbacks travel to Walton Stadium. Arkansas posted a 4-14 record in 2011. The Tigers hold a 3-0 advantage in the all-time series, including a 4-0 win on Sept. 10, 2010 in the last meeting.
The Tigers finish the SEC home slate as they host the LSU Tigers on Sunday, Oct. 21. The LSU Tigers won the 2011 SEC Western Division title with an overall record of 13-8-1 and earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament. The contest will mark the first game between the teams.
Mizzou concludes its SEC schedule on Thursday, Oct. 25 against familiar foe Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. The Aggies claimed the 2011 Big 12 Championship title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, finishing the season with a 16-6-2 mark. Texas A&M holds a 12-6-1 advantage in the all-time series, with the teams splitting two matchups in 2011.