July 10, 2004
The Notre Dame women’s soccer team again has a challenging slate of opponents awaiting it in 2004, with the recently-approved schedule including nine opponents that competed in the 2003 NCAA Tournament. Most notably, Notre Dame’s Adidas Classic (Sept. 3 and 5) will feature one of the nation’s elite tournament fields, with Stanford, Santa Clara and SMU set to visit Alumni Field.
(Note: check back to und.com for PDF version of schedule and for game-by-game listing on “schedule” link).
Other top challengs on Notre Dame’s 2004 schedule include a lateseason home game versus Boston College (Oct. 16), plus road tests at Arizona State (Sept. 10), Connecticut (Sept. 17), West Virginia (Oct. 1), Villanova (Oct. 8) and Michigan (Oct. 28).
The Irish will play five regular-season games that coincide with Notre Dame home football weekends: vs. Pittsburgh (Sept. 24) and Wisconsin-Green Bay (Sept. 26), Providence (Oct. 3)3), Rutgers (Oct. 22) and Seton Hall (Oct. 24). The corresponding ND football games are Sept. 25 vs. Washington, Oct. 2 vs. Purdue and Oct. 23 vs. Boston College. The final home football game of the season (Nov. 13 vs. Pittsburgh) falls during the first and second rounds of the NCAA women’s soccer tournaments (Nov. 12 and 14), to be held at campus sites.
The Notre Dame men’s and women’s soccer teams will be in action at Alumni Field on the same weekend as many as three times during the 2004 season. The men will face Boston College on Oct. 1 while Oct. 3 will feature a doubleheader (women vs. PC at 1:00, followed bt the men vs. Loyola). The men also will play host to UConn on Oct. 30, with the BIG EAST women’s quarterfinals also held that weekend on campus sites. Finally, the first round of the NCAA men’s soccer tournament (Nov. 19) will fall on the same weekend as the women’s third round (Nov. 19-21), with both Irish teams having the chance to play at home that weekend.
Notre Dame’s 10 regular-season home games include warmups versus Baylor (Aug. 27) and NCAA tournament participant Eastern Illinois (Aug. 29), followed by the Adidas Classic that will feature SCU-SMU (5:00) and ND-Stanford on Friday night, Sept 3, followed by Stanford-SMU (11:30) and ND-SCU (1:30) on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 5. The Irish then will not return to Alumni Field for three weeks, with the final six home games vs. Pittsbugh (Sept. 24), UW Green Bay (Sept. 26), Providence (OCt. 3), BC (Oct. 16), Rutgers (Oct. 22) and Seton Hall (Oct. 24).
The first Irish road trip of the season will see the Irish travel to ASU (Sept. 10) and Texas Tech (Sept. 12), followed by another two-state trip the nex weekend at UConn (Sept. 17) and Syracuse (Sept. 19). Notre Dame will head to WVU (Oct. 1) prior to the home game vs. PC, with the final two-game road weekend set for Villanova (Oct. 8) and Georgetown (Oct. 10). The Irish will close the regular season with the annual game versus Michigan (Oct. 28).
The BIG EAST quartefinals will be held Oct. 30-31 on campus sites, with the semifinals (Nov. 5) and final (Nov. 7) in Storrs at UConn’s Morrone Stadium.
The first three rounds of the 2004 NCAAs will be played on campus sites (Nov. 12 first round, Nov. 14 second round, Nov. 19-21 third round), as will the quartefinals from Nov. 26-28. The NCAA College Cup semifinals (Dec. 3) and final (Dec. 5) will return to SAS Stadium in Cary, N.C.
Here’s a quick rundown of the 2004 schedule (also check back to site for official posting on schedule link):
2004 Notre Dame Women’s Soccer Schedule
Fri. Aug. 27 – Baylor (7:30)
Sun., Aug. 29 – Eastern Illinois (1:00)
Fri., Sept. 3 – Stanford (7:30, following 5:00 SCU-SMU game)
Sun., Sept. 5 – Santa Clara (1:30, following 11:30 SMU-Stanford game)
Fri, Sept. 10 – at Arizona State (7:00)
Sun., Sept. 12 – at Texas Tech (1:00)
Fri., Sept. 17 – at Connecticut (7:00)
Sun., Sept. 19 – at Syracuse (1:00)
Fri., Sept. 24 – Pittsburgh (7:30)
Sun,. Sept. 26 – Wisconsin-Green Bay (1:00)
Fri., Oct 1 – at West Virginia (7:00)
Sun., Oct. 3 – Providence (1:00)
Fri., Oct. 8 – at Villanova (4:00)
Sun., Oct. 10 – at Georgetown (1:00)
Sat., Oct. 16 – Boston College (7:30)
Fri., Oct. 22 – Rutgers (7:30)
Sun., Oct. 24 – Seton Hall (1:00)
Thur., Oct. 28 – at Michigan (3:00)
Sat.-Sun., Oct. 30-31 – BIG EAST quarterfinals (campus sites)
Fri., Nov. 5 – BIG EAST semifinal (at UConn)
Sun., Nov. 7 – BIG EAST final (at UConn)
Fri., Nov. 12 – NCAA first round (campus sites)
Sun., Nov. 14 – NCAA second round (campus sites)
Fri.-Sun., Nov. 19-21 – NCAA third round (campus sites)
Fri.-Sun., Nov. 26-28 – NCAAA quarterfinals (campus sites)
Fri., Dec. 3 – NCAA College Cup semifinals (SAS Stadium; Cary, NC)
Sun., Dec. 5 – NCAA College Cup final (SAS Stadium; Cary, NC)