May 10, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's soccer team released Friday (May 10) its schedule for the upcoming 2013 season, which features 12 total contests at the U-M Soccer Stadium and eight matches against teams that qualified for the 2012 NCAA Championship. Michigan is coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history, as the Wolverines compiled a 16-5-3 record last fall and reached the NCAA Sweet 16.
Michigan will open the season with six straight home matches, beginning Friday, Aug. 23, against UW-Milwaukee at 7:30 p.m. The premier match of the non-conference schedule will come on Sunday, Sept. 1, as the Wolverines welcomes San Diego State to the U-M Soccer Stadium. The Aztecs finished the 2012 season ranked No. 7 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire rankings and reached the NCAA Sweet 16. The Wolverines will also face Pepperdine, another NCAA Championship team, the following week (Sept. 6) and three in-state foes: Oakland (Aug. 25), Eastern Michigan (Aug. 30) and Detroit (Sept. 12).
Michigan will open the Big Ten Conference slate with a road match against Iowa on Sunday, Sept. 22. The Wolverines will play five Big Ten teams at the U-M Soccer Stadium this season, hosting Wisconsin (Sept. 27), Minnesota (Sept. 29), Indiana (Oct. 18) and Purdue (Oct. 20) before closing out the regular season with rival Ohio State on Senior Night (Nov. 2).
Two other Big Ten matches of note include Michigan's annual in-state clash with Michigan State on Thursday, Oct. 3, in East Lansing and a rematch with defending Big Ten champion Penn State on Sunday, Oct. 13, in State College, Pa. The Wolverines played Penn State to two draws last season -- both on the road -- but were eliminated on penalty kicks by the Nittany Lions in the NCAA Sweet 16.
The top eight teams in the conference will qualify for the Big Ten Tournament, to be held Nov. 6-10 at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill. The first round of the NCAA Championship will begin the following week (Nov. 15-17), with all matches taking place at host sites. The 2013 College Cup will be held Dec. 6-8 in Cary, N.C., hosted by Campbell University.
The Wolverines, who set eight new program records during the 2012 campaign, placed third in the Big Ten with a 7-2-2 mark, finishing in the top three for the first time since 2004. They earned their second NCAA Tournament bid in the last three seasons and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 for the third time in program history. Michigan returns nine starters off last year's squad, including senior striker Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) and a pair of All-Big Ten first team defenders in fifth-year senior Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) and senior Shelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas).
Ticket Information: Season tickets are on sale today. Reserved chairback seats are $60, while general admission tickets are either $40 (adult) or $25 (youth/senior). Some of the benefits of becoming a season ticket holder include four complimentary general admission ticket vouchers for any men's or women's soccer match, an autographed 2013 team picture (or poster), priority access to purchase NCAA Tournament tickets, and an invitation to attend a training session and tour of the U-M Soccer Complex. Tickets can be purchased online at MGoBlue.com/tickets or through the Michigan Athletics Ticket Office at 1-866-296-MTIX. Fans that were season ticket holders last season will have the option to renew in early July, while individual match tickets will go on sale in August.
Summer Camps: The Michigan women's soccer team will hold four camps this summer: two commuter camps (June 17-21, June 24-28), a one-day elite recruiting camp (June 30) and two overnight recruiting camps (July 7-10, July 14-17). For more information and to register online, visit MGoBlue.com/camps.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423