Kansas Soccer Announces 2010 Fall Schedule

May 11, 2010

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Kansas head coach Mark Francis announced Tuesday that KU has finalized its schedule for the 2010 season. The Jayhawks will play nine home matches this fall, including four schools that advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2009.

“I am looking forward to the 2010 season,” Francis said. “The Big 12 Conference will again be a challenging conference, while our non-conference schedule will put us in position to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.”

KU kicks off the regular season on Friday, Aug. 27 with a 5 p.m. match against Eastern Kentucky, before traveling to Athens, Ga., for a 1 p.m. contest against Georgia on Sunday, Aug. 29. The Bulldogs advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2009, before falling to eventual national champion North Carolina.

The Jayhawks hit the road for the following two weekends, playing road games at Northwestern (Sept. 3) and Illinois State (Sept. 5), before facing Cal State Northridge (Sept. 10) and Oregon (Sept. 12) in a tournament in Las Vegas.

KU returns home to play eight of its final 13 matches at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex, beginning with non-conference matches against UW-Milwaukee (Sept. 17) and Missouri State (Sept. 19).

The Jayhawks will open their Big 12 schedule at Border Showdown rival Missouri (Sept. 24), last season’s regular season conference champion, before traveling to Iowa State (Sept. 26).

KU hosts four-straight matches to open October, beginning with an Oct. 1 showdown with Texas A&M, which advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 last year. The homestand continues with contests against Texas (Oct. 3), Oklahoma State (Oct. 8) and Oklahoma (Oct. 10). The Jayhawks have a split weekend, traveling to Texas Tech (Oct. 15) before hosting Baylor (Oct. 17).

The team’s final two road games will be Oct. 22 at Nebraska and Monday, Oct. 25 at Colorado. KU will host its annual senior day with non-conference foe SIU-Edwardsville at 3 p.m. on Oct. 29.

The Big 12 Championship is scheduled for Nov. 3-7 at the Blossom Soccer Complex in San Antonio, Texas.

KU is expected to return 20 letterwinners, including eight starters from last year’s squad which finished 12-8-2 overall and advanced to the Big 12 Championship.