GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay women's soccer team will host nine contests at Aldo Santaga Stadium and compete in two tournaments this fall, highlighting the 2012 schedule released on Wednesday by head coach Trevor Warren.
The Phoenix schedule will get underway at home when the team welcomes South Dakota State to Santaga Stadium on Friday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.
The two non-conference tournaments follow the opener, with Green Bay first heading to Fort Myers, Fla., on Aug. 24-26 for the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament, where the team will play two defending conference champions. The Phoenix will play the host Eagles, the Atlantic Sun Conference Champions, on Friday at 7 p.m. before facing Florida International on Sunday at 9 a.m. FIU claimed the Sun Belt Conference title in 2011.
"Both games will be a stiff test for our young team on the road but they will certainly be a barometer of where we are as a team and make us stronger down the road," said Warren.
On the following weekend, Green Bay plays two non-conference games at the SIU Edwardsville Tournament. The Phoenix will face Northern Iowa at 5 p.m. on Aug. 31 before taking on UM-Kansas City on Sept. 2 at 12 p.m.
A season-long three-game homestand follows as the Phoenix hosts Michigan Tech (Sept. 7), South Dakota (Sept. 9) and Wisconsin (Sept. 14). When Green Bay welcomes Wisconsin from the Big Ten Conference, the team will look to avenge a close 1-0 loss in last year's clash with the in-state rival.
The last three games in the series with Wisconsin have resulted in close 1-0 losses for the Phoenix, and the Badgers will be visiting Green Bay for the first time since 2005.
"It's always fun to play the Badgers with having so many Wisconsin players on our roster," said Warren. "It is certainly a game that our team will look forward to."
A trip to Illinois State (Sept. 19) precedes the Horizon League opener when Green Bay hosts Detroit on Sept. 22 at 12 p.m. The Titans finished in second place in the conference a season ago.
The Phoenix will then travel to Wright State (Sept. 28) before concluding non-conference play at home against Indiana State on Sept. 30 at 12 p.m. The contest against the Sycamores will also serve as alumni weekend for the program.
The entire slate in October is filled with Horizon League games, with the Phoenix starting the month on the road at Cleveland State (Oct. 3). Green Bay hosts Youngstown State on Oct. 6 before taking 13 days off and welcoming defending Horizon League champion Milwaukee on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.
The 2012 regular season concludes with a trip to Loyola followed by senior day on Saturday, Oct. 27 when Valparaiso comes to Santaga Stadium at 1 p.m.
2012 Green Bay Women's Soccer Schedule
Aug. 11 - Drake (1 pm)^
Aug. 17 - South Dakota State (7 pm)
Florida Gulf Coast Tournament
Aug. 24 - at Florida Gulf Coast (6 pm)
Aug. 26 - vs. Florida International (9 am)
Aug. 31 - Northern Iowa (5 pm)
Sept. 2 - UM-Kansas City (11 am)
Sept. 7 - Michigan Tech (7 pm)
Sept. 9 - South Dakota# (12 pm)
Sept. 19 - at Illinois State (3 pm)
Sept. 22 - Detroit* (12 pm)
Sept. 28 - at Wright State* (4 pm)
Sept. 30 - Indiana State$ (12 pm)
Oct. 3 - at Cleveland State* (4 pm)
Oct. 6 - Youngstown State* (1 pm)
Oct. 8 - Wisconsin (7 pm)
Oct. 19 - Milwaukee* (7 pm)
Oct. 24 - at Loyola* (5 pm)
Oct. 27 - Valparaiso*! (1 pm)
Home games in Bold
^ scrimmage game
* Horizon League contest
# parents weekend
$ alumni weekend
! senior day
All times central and subject to change
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