May 30, 2013
HOUSTON- A slate featuring seven homes games and five matches against NCAA tournament teams from last season highlight the 2013 Houston soccer schedule, which was unveiled by head coach Chris Pfau Thursday afternoon. All home matches will take place at the Carl Lewis International Complex.
"I am very excited about playing in the American Athletic Conference," Pfau said. "We will play various teams who were ranked at some point last season. It's a very talented conference and there will be no easy games. With our nonconference schedule, I wanted to make sure we are well prepared going into conference play. This schedule will continue to push our team, and although it is very challenging, I believe that we have the talent to compete with everyone on it."
Following two exhibition games at Northwestern State (Aug. 11) and Rice (Aug. 16), the Cougars will kick off the 2013 slate with a home and road contest. The season opener will be played at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 4 p.m. on Aug. 23, followed by the home opener against Georgia at 1 p.m. Aug. 25. This match-up will be the first time in 10 years Houston has faced off with the Bulldogs. The Cougars will continue the three-game home stretch when Stephen F. Austin comes to town on Aug. 30.
Houston hits the road for the first of five road games in September with a 7 p.m. meeting with the reigning 2012 Big West Conference Champions, Cal State Northridge, on Sept. 6. The team will then travel south to take on San Diego State at 2 p.m. Sept. 6. This will be the first meeting with the Aztecs, who advanced to the third round of last years NCAA Tournament and who ended last season ranked No. 7 in the nation.
The Cougars return to the Houston area to take on Houston Baptist at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15. Last season, Houston defeated the Huskies 3-2 at Robertson Stadium.
The team will close out non-conference play at home against Louisiana-Lafayette at 5 p.m. on Sept. 20.
Houston begins its first season in the American Athletic Conference with two away matches against Temple (Sept. 26) and UConn (Sept. 29). The Cougars will then travel back to the confines of Carl Lewis Complex to face off with Cincinnati at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 and Louisville at 1 p.m. Oct. 6.
After a road match against Rutgers on Oct. 10, the Cougars travel to take on two familiar faces, the Tigers of Memphis on Oct. 13 and the Mustangs of SMU on Oct. 18. Houston will conclude the 2013 regular season with home contests against No. 20 UCF (Oct. 24) and USF (Oct. 27).
The American Athletic Conference Tournament is set to open with first round games on Oct. 31 before concluding with the title game on Nov. 10.
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2013 HOUSTON SOCCER SCHEDULE
Aug. 11 (Sun.) at Northwestern State 7 p.m.
Aug. 16 (Fri.) at Rice 7 p.m.
Aug. 23 (Fri.) at Texas A&M Corpus Christi 4 p.m.
Aug. 25 (Sun.) GEORGIA 1 p.m.
Aug. 30 (Fri.) STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 7 p.m.
Sept. 6 (Fri.) at Cal State Northridge 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 (Sun.) at San Diego State 2 p.m.
Sept. 15 (Sun.) at Houston Baptist 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 (Fri.) LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 5 p.m.
Sept. 26 (Thurs.) at Temple* 3 p.m.
Sept. 29 (Sun.) at UConn* Noon
Oct. 3 (Thurs.) CINCINNATI* 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 (Sun.) LOUISVILLE* 1 p.m.
Oct. 10 (Thurs.) at Rutgers* 6 p.m.
Oct. 13 (Sun.) at Memphis* 1 p.m.
Oct. 18 (Fri.) at SMU* 7 p.m.
Oct. 24 (Thurs.) UCF* 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 (Sun.) USF* 1 p.m.
Oct. 31 (Thurs.) American Athletic Conference First Round TBA
Nov. 3 (Sun.) American Athletic Conference Quarterfinals TBA
Nov. 8 (Fri.) American Athletic Conference Semifinals TBA
Nov. 10 (Sun.) American Athletic Conference Finals TBA
* American Athletic Conference games
All times are Central and are tentative and subject to change.
Home games are listed in BOLD CAPS and are played at Carl Lewis International Complex.