Aug. 10, 2004
LAS VEGAS -
2004 UNLV Women's Soccer Schedule
The UNLV women's soccer team will undertake the toughest schedule in the seven years of the program, as the Rebels will face eight teams that played in the 2003 NCAA Tournament in the 2004 schedule released on Tuesday.
"With the momentum we finished with last year and the success we had in our spring season, we're very excited about the upcoming start to the year," said UNLV head coach Dan Abdalla. "Obviously having so many teams that played in the NCAAs last year is going to make our season very challenging, but what I see this year is that all the teams on our schedule are quality teams, there are no easy wins this year. How we compete against those other quality teams is going to determine how our season goes, while we also hope to have success against some of the ranked teams that we're going to face."
UNLV opens the season at home on Saturday, Aug. 28 with a match against Kansas, who advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 last year. The Rebels will host one tournament this year, the UNLV FILA Classic, in which they will face Northern Arizona and Montana on Sept. 3 and 5. Following the tournament, UNLV goes on the road for four straight, including a trip to Houston for two games (at Houston, Sept. 10, at Rice, Sept. 12), and then into SEC country for a Sept. 17 match at Auburn and a Sept. 19 contest at Tennessee.
Three more home games against tournament teams follow against San Diego (Sept. 24), Idaho State (Sept. 30), and Arizona State (Oct. 3), sandwiching a game at in-state rival Nevada, Reno (Sept. 26).
UNLV will begin the Mountain West Conference season at Utah on Oct. 7. This year's tournament will be hosted by BYU in Provo, Utah, on Nov. 3-6.
The Rebels finished the 2003 season with a 9-9-3 mark, 2-4 in the MWC, and advanced to the semifinals of the 2003 MWC Tournament, where they tied #19 Utah 0-0 in double overtime, but saw the Utes advance on a penalty kick shootout.