LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech will host eight home soccer matches at the John Walker Soccer Complex this fall in its 19-match soccer schedule, released Monday by head coach Tom Stone.
The schedule includes seven schools, that qualified for the NCAA Championship last season. Tech will play one exhibition match against West Texas A&M at a date to be determined.
The Red Raiders kickoff the 2009 season on Fri., Aug. 21, at home against Texas-San Antonio. Tech then proceeds to go on a six-match roadtrip to face Utah State (Aug. 28) and UTEP (Aug. 30) in El Paso, Texas, at TCU (Sept. 4) and at North Texas (Sept. 6), and against Vanderbilt (Sept. 11) and Auburn (Sept. 13) in Auburn, Ala.
Tech will hold the Red Raider Classic beginning Sept. 18-20, with TCU, Weber State and Alabama all traveling to Lubbock for the round-robin format. The Red Raiders will play Alabama on Sept. 18 and close the weekend against Weber State on Sept. 20.
Big 12 Conference play begins Sept. 25 with Iowa Sate coming to town to begin a four-match conference homestand for Tech as Nebraska (Sept. 27), Baylor (Oct. 2) and Oklahoma (Oct. 4) all come to the John Walker Soccer Complex over a two-week period.
Tech ends its season playing five of its last six conference matches on the road, however, beginning with Kansas on Oct. 9 and Missouri on Oct. 11. The Red Raiders host its home finale Oct. 16 against Oklahoma State before finishing the season at Texas (Oct. 23), Texas A&M (Oct. 25) and Colorado (Oct. 30). All six schools qualified for the NCAA Championship last season.
"We are definitely excited about the upcoming season," Stone said. "We believe this schedule will give us a great opportunity to play some very good teams before Big 12 play begins. The Big 12 is always very competitive, so we feel this schedule will get us fully prepared."
The top eight schools in the conference standings will advance to the Big 12 Championship, held Nov. 4-8 at Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas. The NCAA Championship begins with the first and second rounds Nov. 13-15 and ends with the College Cup at the Aggie Soccer Stadium in College Station, Texas, Dec. 4-6.