DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's soccer team announced its 2011 schedule Friday afternoon.
"The tradition of our program's challenging schedule remains," Head Coach Michael Jackson said. "We're excited about the opportunity."
The Wildcats will kick things off when they open the season at home for the second straight year by playing host to the University of Massachusetts at Lewis Fields on Aug. 23. The 'Cats then play one game at the University of Vermont against American University on Aug. 26 before returning home to take on Charleston Southern University, which earned a share of the Big South regular-season championship, on Aug. 28.
UNH starts out September at the NIKE Tournament in Oregon. The team plays the University of Oregon on Sept. 2 and Oregon State University, which was ranked 17th in the country in last season's final poll and also finished second in the Pac-10, on Sept. 4. The Wildcats then visit the University of Rhode Island on Sept. 9 before returning home for a pair of contests.
Northeastern University arrives in Durham for a Sept. 11 tilt, followed by Brown University on Sept. 15. The Wildcats travel to take on Bryant University on Sept. 18 and then play host to Holy Cross under the lights at Bremner Field on Sept. 21. The 'Cats close out the non-conference portion of their slate at Harvard University, which finished fourth in the Ivy League last season, on Sept. 25.
The Wildcats start America East play at home against Albany on Sept. 29, looking for revenge for their pair of 2-1 losses on the road against the Great Danes last season, including one that ended UNH's season in the America East tournament. The 'Cats then travel to the University of Hartford to open up October on the 2nd before playing host to Boston University on Oct. 6. The team then plays three of its next four on the road.
The 'Cats battle Stony Brook University on Oct. 9, followed by the University of Vermont on Oct. 13. They return home to play host to Binghamton University on Oct. 16 before flying south to meet the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Oct. 20. UNH wraps up its regular season when it honors its senior class on Senior Day against the University of Maine on Oct. 23.
The Wildcats will look to extend their America East-record streak of 10 straight conference tournament appearances. The quarterfinals are slated for Oct. 27, with the semifinals taking place on Oct. 30. The title game will be either Nov. 5 or 6 and the NCAA tournament kicks off Nov. 11.