PROVIDENCE, R.I. - All sixteen BIG EAST women's soccer teams are in action this weekend as the 2010 season kicks off. Twelve league squads begin play on Friday, Aug. 20, while one more is in action on Saturday, Aug. 21. Three teams begin their seasons on Sunday, Aug. 22.
Friday's games include Villanova at Temple, Syracuse at William & Mary, Morehead State at Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky at Louisville, Buffalo at Pittsburgh, North Florida at USF and DePaul at Iowa. In addition, St. John's takes on Michigan State in College Station, Texas as part of the Texas A&M Aggieland Invitational.
There are three BIG EAST teams ranked in the Soccer America Preseason top 25. Ranked teams in action on Friday include Stony Brook at No. 18/NR Rutgers, Idaho State at No. RV/22 Marquette, Minnesota at No. 4/4 Notre Dame at No. 13/11 Penn State at No. 24/RV West Virginia.
On Saturday, Georgetown opens up at crosstown rival American University.
Seton Hall begins its 2010 campaign on Sunday, Aug. 22 at Fordham. Providence starts the new season at Sacred Heart, while Connecticut opens up at home against Siena. Other action on Sunday has Syracuse at Old Dominion, Cincinnati at Bowling Green, Ohio at Pittsburgh, DePaul at Northwestern and No. RV/22 Marquette at Ohio State. Other action between ranked teams in action include St. John's at No. 8/8 Texas A&M, while Milwaukee is at No. 4/4 Notre Dame.
Last season the BIG EAST had seven teams selected for the NCAA Championship, including Notre Dame. The Irish advanced to the College Cup as one of the final four national semifinalists in the tournament. In addition, the BIG EAST compiled a .672 win percentage over nonconference foes, its highest mark in three years.
THREE BIG EAST PLAYERS NAMED SOCCER AMERICA PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS - Three BIG EAST women's soccer players have been named to the Soccer America Preseason All-America team, including Notre Dame senior Lauren Fowlkes, Notre Dame junior Melissa Henderson and Georgetown redshirt junior Ingrid Wells. The trio is among 25 national selections.