May 24, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB women's soccer team officially announced its 2013 schedule Friday. The 19-game, regular season schedule for the Blazers includes 10 league matches in the new look Conference USA.
"I am very pleased with our 2013 schedule," said head coach Harold Warren, who will be beginning his third season at UAB. "We open our season against two tough SEC opponents, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. Every match will be a challenge and that is why they are on our schedule."
UAB opens the 2013 slate against a pair of SEC teams, traveling to Nashville to meet Vanderbilt on Friday, Aug. 23 before hosting Ole Miss on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. CT in the Blazers' home opener at West Campus Field.
After taking on Francis Marion and South Carolina State in the South Carolina State Tournament in Orangeburg, S.C. on Aug. 30-Sept. 1, the Blazers will return to Birmingham to face in-state foes Troy and South Alabama on Sept. 6 and 8, respectively.
UAB will conclude non-league action with three road contests at Coastal Carolina (Sept. 13), Alabama (Sept. 15) and Arkansas-Little Rock (Sept. 20).
The league slate begins with two games on the road, beginning with a match at Middle Tennessee on Friday, Sept. 27. From there, the Blazers travel to Huntington, W.Va., to take on Marshall on Sept. 29.
UAB will then host UTEP and East Carolina in its first of two C-USA home weekends. The Blazers meet the Miners on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. CT and the Pirates on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 12:30 p.m. CT. The second home weekend comes on Oct. 25 and 27 when UAB hosts Tulsa and North Texas, respectively.
"As usual, our conference matches will be difficult," Warren said. "In addition to the returning C-USA teams, we have six new and very good ones on our schedule. We are looking forward to playing them and seeing how we match up."
Five of the Blazers' final six league games, with FIU (Oct. 13.), at Charlotte (Oct. 18), at Old Dominion (Oct. 20), North Texas (Oct. 27) and at FAU (Oct. 31), will come against teams that are new to Conference USA.
The C-USA Championship is set for November 6-10. The top 10 finishers in the regular season standings will qualify for the single-elimination tournament with the winner of the championship gaining the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.