Wednesday, June 11, 2008

2008 Women's Soccer Schedule Released

Notre Dame has released the 2008 women's soccer schedule. As usual, the Irish, led by 10th year coach Randy Waldrum, face a challenging schedule. Some of the highlights include:

  • The Irish will play at least seven schools that made it to the NCAA Tournament.

  • Four schools made it to the Round of 16.

  • In the first three weeks of the season, Notre Dame will play two non-conference tournaments. They host the Adidas Class. They will also play in Carolina Classic where they will face power North carolina and Duke.

  • The Irish will play host to the final two rounds of the Big East Championship on November 7 and 9.

Randy Waldrum said:

    • "I'm really excited about this year's schedule, as it gives us an opportunity early on to play some of the top teams in the country," 10th-year Irish head coach Randy Waldrum said. "As was the case last year, this should give us a good idea of where we are early in the year, and allow us the chance to work on some areas that may need improvement. Playing teams like UNC, Duke, and Penn State on the road, as well as Santa Clara at home, will certainly present a challenge. This is why players come to Notre Dame -- so they play against the top competition, year in and year out.
      "In addition to these traditional powers, we always face stiff competition in the BIG EAST, and will have other strong non-conference tests against our rivals from Michigan and a good SMU team out of Dallas," Waldrum added. "It's a great schedule and I'm looking forward to the challenge, and of course, I'm anxious to see the local community out in full force once again this fall!" (from

The Irish, on paper, should be very good again. Last season, they finished 19-5-2. They finished 11-0 in the Big East National Division. They return a ton of talent. They return 22 players, 19 of which earned monograms. The Irish will be led by a couple of 2007 All-Americans, seniors Kerri Hanks and Brittany Bock. Also returning is Carrie Dew. Waldrum, as usual, has an influx of great talent coming in. He signed 9 freshmen.

Notre Dame kicks it all of with an exhibition against Memphis on August 12 at Alumni Field.

For the complete schedule, look on this site. We will have the schedule up, soon.

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