Seattle University women's soccer head coach Julie Woodward has announced their 2012 fall schedule, which marks the beginning of an era, as the team will join the Western Athletic Conference alongside 16 of Seattle U's 19 other teams.

"Our entire athletics department is looking forward to our first season in the WAC," said Woodward. "We have put together a challenging non-conference schedule, and we believe it will help us prepare for success once conference play begins. We have an exciting opening weekend at home, some great local rivalries, and the opportunity to compete for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. This season will be a great opportunity for the team, and we will be ready!"

The team will open the season with an exhibition game versus Boise State, taking place at Walla Walla Community College, before facing a tough non-conference schedule of West Coast powerhouses.

The Redhawks will welcome cross-town rival University of Washington in their first regular season game on Friday, August 17 at 4 p.m. at Championship Field. Despite falling, 3-1, to the Huskies during the 2011 season, this rivalry continues to become more competitive and will prove to be an exciting start to the season for both sides.

Seattle U will also host non-conference competitions versus Saint Mary's (Aug. 19) and Eastern Washington (Aug. 26) in August, as well as Portland State (Sept. 2) and Utah Valley (Sept. 23) in September. On the road, they will face San Diego State on Aug. 24 and will be away from home for the majority of September, traveling to Gonzaga (Sept. 9), Oregon (Sept. 14), Oregon State (Sept. 16), and Portland (Sept. 21).

On Friday, Sept. 28, the Redhawks will face their first Western Athletic Conference opponent, University of Texas-San Antonio on the road, starting at 7 p.m. They will round out the month at Texas State on Sunday, Sept. 30.

October will bring alternating home and away weekends for Seattle U, as they will start the month at home, welcoming Idaho (Oct. 7) and Utah State (Oct. 12), travel to San Jose State University (Oct. 14) and Louisiana Tech (Oct. 19), and finish the regular season at home versus New Mexico State University (Oct. 26), and the University of Denver (Oct. 28). The contest versus Denver will mark the Redhawks' annual Senior Day ceremony and celebration.

After the regular season ends, the Western Athletic Conference tournament will take place from Thursday, Nov. 1 to Sunday, Nov. 4 in Logan, Utah.

Season tickets are available now by calling (206) 398-GOSU. Reserved seats are $75 and general admission is $50 for the season.

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