WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - William and Mary women's soccer head coach John Daly announced the College's 2012 schedule on Wednesday. The 2012 campaign will see the Tribe play nine home games at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field, while it will hit the road for 10 away contests, which include two neutral site affairs.
The 2012 slate features tough competition, as W&M will square off against last season's national runner-up Duke before playing Auburn and Tennessee, which were 2011 NCAA Tournament participants.
After a pre-season scrimmage at North Carolina State (Aug. 11), W&M will open the season at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field against the Duke Blue Devils (Aug. 17). A year ago, the Blue Devils fell in the national championship match to Stanford, and finished the season ranked No. 2 in the nation. Other non-conference home games include Richmond (Aug. 29), Davidson (Sept. 16) and VCU (Sept. 20).
The non-conference road slate will include two trips into SEC country. W&M will play in a tournament hosted by the University of Tennessee in late August, when it squares off against the host Lady Vols (Aug. 24) and Akron (Aug. 26). A week later, the Green and Gold will travel to the plains of Alabama to take on the Auburn Tigers (Sept. 2). The non-conference slate will conclude when the Tribe heads north to compete in a tournament hosted by Villanova, when it will matchup against Villanova (Sept. 7) and Seton Hall (Sept. 9).
W&M will open its defense of the 2011 CAA Championship when it plays hosts to James Madison (Sept. 23). The CAA home schedule is comprised of UNC Wilmington (Oct. 4), Northeastern (Oct. 19), Hofstra (Oct. 21) and Old Dominion (Oct. 24).
In conference road action, W&M will travel to George Mason (Sept. 28), Towson (Sept. 30), Georgia State (Oct. 7), Delaware (Oct. 12) and Drexel (Oct. 14). Last season, the College defeated all of its 2012 CAA road opponents by a combined score of 13-1.
After regular-season play concludes, the conference's top six teams will advance to the 2012 CAA Tournament with the top two seeds earning opening-round byes. The No. 1 seed will host the event when quarterfinal action gets underway on Oct. 28, while the semifinal and championship matches are scheduled for Nov. 4 and Nov. 6.
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