If the Massachusetts women’s soccer team was looking to be more well-prepared for its 2013 Atlantic 10 slate, it’s got the right non-conference schedule to do so.
The Minutewomen will play a pair of NCAA Tournament teams from last year — Texas A&M and Missouri — at a weekend event in College Station, Texas, on the last leg of a four-game road trip in early September, as announced by UMass coach Ed Matz on Wednesday when the 2013 schedule was released.
“I’m very happy with how our 2013 schedule came together,” Matz said in a news release. “It’s well balanced, especially in the Atlantic 10 portion in that we have four home (games) and four away. The non-conference slate should challenge us and prepare us well for A-10 competition.”
The Minutewomen open the 2013 season Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. in Albany, N.Y., to take on Siena, followed by a pair of home games against St. John’s and Army. UMass then begins its four-game road trip at Providence on Sept. 6, and doesn’t return to Rudd Field until Sept. 19 to face Brown.
The Minutewomen kick off their A-10 slate at Saint Joseph’s Sept. 29, and have a rematch with Dayton — which eliminated UMass from the A-10 Tournament the last two seasons — at home Oct. 11.
While Matz is certainly happy to have an even number of home and away games in the conference, he is likely even more fortunate that defending A-10 champ La Salle isn’t part of the 2013 slate.
The Minutewomen finish the regular season at home against St. Bonventure on Nov. 2.
Here is a complete list of games and start times for UMass’ 2013 season. Continue reading