Rebels Announce 2007 Schedule|
May 22, 2007
LAS VEGAS -
2006 UNLV Women's Soccer Schedule
The UNLV women's soccer team, the three-time defending Mountain West Conference Champions, will face four teams that played in the 2006 NCAA Tournament on their 2007 schedule, the athletics department released on Tuesday.
The Rebels, who have played in three straight NCAA Tournaments, will face tough competition right from the start as they begin the season by hosting Cal State Fullerton and Arizona State in the UNLV adidas Classic. The non-conference slate is also highlighted with contests against Pepperdine, UC Santa Barbara, and a road contest at in-state rival Nevada, Reno.
"I'm looking forward to our 2007 fall schedule. I think we have a very good quality of non-conference games," said UNLV head coach Kat Mertz. "This year's slate of games will also be a good balance of testing where we are leading up to our conference season. We're happy that we will host two of our biggest conference games at home this year, beginning with Utah and ending against BYU, and I feel that the level of non-conference opponents we are playing will have us ready to by playing at the top of the MWC by the end of the year."
UNLV will play its season opener on Friday, Aug. 31, against Cal State Fullerton, followed by a Sept. 2 contest against ASU. The Rebels will then take just their third-ever trip to the East Coast and first to the state of Florida, to participate in a tournament at UCF. The first game will be against the host UCF Knights on Sept. 7, followed by a game against South Carolina on Sept. 9.
The next weekend is another road trip, this time to California as UNLV faces Pepperdine (Sept. 14) and UCSB (Sept. 16). UNLV will host the UNLV Rebel Classic on Sept. 21 and 23, featuring Iowa State, Washington State, and Nevada, Reno. The Rebels will finish the non-conference schedule against the Wolf Pack on Sept. 30.
UNLV will begin MWC play against Utah in a rematch of last year's conference championship game, won by the Rebels in a PK shootout, in Las Vegas on Oct. 11. That will be the first of four home conference games UNLV will play this year, including the regular season finale against BYU on Nov. 2. The MWC Tournament will be held this season in Provo, from Nov. 7-10.