NINE HOME MATCHES HIGHLIGHT 2012 WOMEN’S SOCCER SCHEDULE

2012 VCU Women's Soccer Schedule (pdf)

RICHMOND, Va. – Now that the dust of conference realignment has finally settled, VCU Women's Soccer released its revised 19-game fall schedule on Thursday.

The Rams' new 2012 slate features nine home matches, including early season meetings against Big East foes Villanova (Sept. 2) and Pittsburgh (Sept. 9), as well as a road game at SEC member Tennessee (Aug. 26).  In all, VCU will face four teams that participated in the NCAA Tournament in 2011, two of which are Atlantic 10 opponents.

The Black & Gold will keep two of its existing Colonial Athletic Association rivalries intact with battles against perennial power William & Mary (Sept. 20) and Old Dominion (Sept. 23), while also hosting cross town and new A-10 rival Richmond (Oct. 19) at Sports Backers Stadium in its regular season home finale.

VCU kicks off its 2012 schedule with a home match against High Point on Friday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.  The Rams then hit the road for four of their next six matches, including a trip to the Tennessee Lady Vol Classic Aug. 24-26, where VCU will face Akron and host Tennessee.  The Black & Gold also visits Longwood (Aug. 19) and American (Sept. 7), while hosting Villanova (Sept. 2), Pittsburgh (Sept. 9) and UMBC (Sept. 14) during that stretch.

VCU begins its new A-10 era with back-to-back road matches against Charlotte (Sept. 28) and George Washington (Sept. 30), before returning to Sports Backers Stadium for five straight home games beginning with Fordham on Oct. 5.  The Rams then host LaSalle (Oct. 7), Saint Louis (Oct. 12), Butler (Oct. 14) and Richmond, and close out the regular season with matches at Xavier (Oct. 26) and Dayton (Oct. 28).

The A-10 Championship is scheduled for Nov. 1-4 at Rhode Island.

VCU will look to continue its momentum from last season.  After starting the 2011 campaign with a string of hard-luck, one-goal losses, VCU finished the season strong, going 7-1-3 in its final 11 matches, including eight shutouts and just three goals against. 

As part of their impressive finish, the Rams matched their longest CAA regular season unbeaten streak since 2005 (nine games).  That stretch also helped VCU to a second-place regular season finish, the school's best in six years.  VCU took a 10-match unbeaten streak into its CAA Championship game against William & Mary on Nov. 6, before falling to the 20th-ranked Tribe 1-0 in overtime.

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