The Pac-12 Networks announced its 58-match women's soccer schedule on Wednesday as Stanford also released its full schedule. Nine of Stanford's 11 conference matches will be televised, including the final six on its schedule, culminating with the Big Match against visiting Cal on Nov. 6.
The following are some facts about Stanford's schedule:
• Stanford appears 12 times on the Pac-12 Networks, matching its total of last season.
• Of Stanford's 19 regular-season matches, only three are against teams with non-winning records in 2012.
• Stanford plays nine teams that reached the 2012 NCAA tournament, with six advancing beyond the first round.
• Five opponents finished among the NSCAA Top 25 last year, with UCLA the highest at No. 6.
• Stanford's 19 opponents combined for .561 winning percentage in 2012, with a total record of 195-147-49.
Stanford will open its season at Boston College on Aug. 23, extending their rivalry to seven meetings over six consecutive seasons. The Eagles have reached the past 10 NCAA tournaments.
The Cardinal enters the season with a 67-match home unbeaten streak - the second-longest in NCAA history. That streak will first be put to the test on Aug. 31 at Stanford's home opener against Portland (7 p.m.).
A South Bay derby showdown at Santa Clara on Sept. 22 highlights nonconference play for both teams. Not only have they met in NCAA play three times in the past four seasons, but the Broncos have been Stanford's most frequent opponent over the program's history. This year, Santa Clara promises to have one of its best teams in recent years, making their match at Buck Shaw Stadium a must-see for their 7 p.m. contest.
Stanford carries a 42-match conference winning streak, the third-longest in NCAA history. The first Pac-12 opponent is Colorado in a Sept. 28 road contest. Stanford remembers Boulder very well, requiring two goals within 37 seconds to complete a late rally against the Buffaloes last season.
Other potential roadblocks include Washington State in Pullman on Nov. 3. In its past two trips there, Stanford needed goals in the 87th and 95th minutes to win 2-1 in overtime in 2009, and an 86th-minute diving header by Lindsay Taylorto win 1-0 in 2011.
Stanford's Pac-12 home opener is Oct. 4 against Arizona, a team that improved by five victories last year.
Stanford and UCLA, NCAA tournament opponents three times since 2009, continue their battles for Pac-12 supremacy when they play at Stanford on Oct. 10, on a featured 7:30 p.m. Pac-12 Networks telecast.
Stanford is coming off a 21-1-2 season and its fifth consecutive NCAA College Cup appearance. Five-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year Paul Ratcliffe has six starters back, including all-conference players Emily Oliver, Lo'eau LaBonta, Chioma Ubogagu, and Courtney Verloo.
Other returning starters are goalkeeper Oliver (0.54 goals against average, 4 shutouts), outside back Laura Liedle and midfielder Alex Doll (6g, 3a). Kendall Romine, a starter in central defense during the 2011 NCAA championship season, is healthy, and Maya Theuer, who started six times as a freshman last season is expected to be a key part of the back line.
Stanford's regular-season schedule:
Aug. 17 (Fri.): Grand Canyon at Stanford (exhibition), noon
Aug. 23 (Fri.): Stanford at Boston College, 4 p.m.
Aug. 25 (Sun.): Stanford at Connecticut, 3 p.m.
Aug. 31 (Sat.): Portland at Stanford, 7 p.m.
Sept. 6 (Fri.): Loyola Marymount at Stanford, 6 p.m.#
Sept. 8 (Sun.): Maryland at Stanford, noon#
Sept. 15 (Sun.): Stanford vs. Iowa State at Santa Clara, 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 (Thu.): Saint Mary’s at Stanford, 7 p.m.#
Sept. 22 (Sun.): Stanford at Santa Clara, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 (Sat.): Stanford at Colorado, noon*
Oct. 4 (Fri.): Arizona at Stanford, 4 p.m.#*
Oct. 6 (Sun.): Arizona State at Stanford, 5:30 p.m.#*
Oct. 10 (Thu.): UCLA at Stanford, 7:30 p.m.#*
Oct. 13 (Sun.): USC at Stanford, 5 p.m.#*
Oct. 18 (Fri.): Utah at Stanford, 7 p.m.*
Oct. 25 (Fri.): Stanford at Oregon, 4 p.m.#*
Oct. 27 (Sun.): Stanford at Oregon State, 11 a.m.#*
Oct. 31 (Thu.): Stanford at Washington, 7 p.m.#*
Nov. 3 (Sun.): Stanford at Washington State, 11 a.m.#*
Nov. 6 (Wed.): California at Stanford, 7:30 p.m.#*