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Card Soccer to Play 13 on TV
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 06/18/2014
STANFORD, Calif. – The Stanford women’s soccer team will appear 13 times on the Pac-12 Networks this season as part of a strong 20-match schedule that was released Wednesday.

The Cardinal (15-6-1 in 2013) faces an especially competitive schedule, both in the conference and out. Pac-12 rival UCLA not only ended Stanford’s streak of four consecutive conference championships,  but went on to win the NCAA title.

Stanford will play the Bruins in Los Angeles this year, on Oct. 9 in what figures to be one of the marquee broadcasts on the Pac-12 Networks schedule. Nine of Stanford’s 11 conference matches will be televised, including the teams’ first six.

As for Stanford’s schedule, here are some facts:

•    Seven opponents were ranked in the final 2013 NSCAA Top 20.
•    Eleven opponents are coming off NCAA tournament appearances, and eight of those advanced past the first round.
•    Sixteen opponents were .500 or better last season, including all nine nonconference foes.
•    Six opponents won regular-season conference championships.

As for specific opponents, there are no greater headliners than North Carolina (No. 5 in ’13, 20-5), Notre Dame (No. 14, 13-8-1), and UCLA (No. 1, 22-1-3), each of whom are on Stanford’s schedule. And so are Duke (No. 18, 9-9-6), Florida (No. 10, 19-5-1), Portland (No. 11, 17-3-1), and South Bay rival Santa Clara (No. 7, 16-4-2), all national powers.

Also consider that Stanford’s playoff seasons over the past six years (including five in the College Cup) concluded against opponents on this year’s schedule. In fact, Stanford met North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Duke in consecutive NCAA finals, from 2009-11.

Stanford opens at North Carolina, an opponent it has met twice in the College Cup and never beaten, on Aug. 22. Duke is next, also at the season-opening UNC Invitational.

Stanford welcomes former assistant coach Theresa Romagnolo, formerly Wagner, when Notre Dame arrives on Sept. 4. Romagnolo will in her first season at the Irish’s head coach.

Florida, ranked No. 10 last year and with a Southeastern Conference regular-season title in hand,  The Gators play at Stanford on Sept. 12. Defending Atlantic-10 regular-season champ Dayton (14-5-2 last year) arrives on Sept. 14, and then Santa Clara, a West Coast Conference tri-champ with Portland and a third-round team in 2013, comes on Sept.19.

Pac-12 Networks matches are: Sept. 4 vs. UC Santa Barabara, Sept. 7 vs. Notre Dame, Sept. 12 vs. Florda, Sept. 14 vs. Dayton, Sept. 19 vs. Santa Clara, Sept. 21 vs. Cal Poly, Sept. 26 at Utah, Oct. 3 vs. Washington, Oct. 5 vs. Washington State, Oct. 9 at UCLA, Oct. 12 at USC, Oct. 16 vs. Colorado, Oct. 30 vs. Oregon; Nov. 2 vs. Oregon State, and Nov. 6 at California.

Here are some important dates on the schedule:

Aug. 22: Season opener, at North Carolina, 1 p.m. PT
Sept. 4: Home opener, vs. UC Santa Barbara, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 7: Enough said, vs. Notre Dame, 1 p.m.
Sept. 19: South Bay derby, vs. Santa Clara, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26: Pac-12 opener, at Utah, 2 p.m. PT
Oct. 3: Pac-12 home opener, vs. Washington, 8 p.m.
Oct. 9: Pac-12 showdown, at UCLA, 8 p.m.
Nov. 6: The Big Kick, at California, 2 p.m.

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