The Colorado women’s soccer team was perhaps the most prominent and successful of the programs left out of the 64-team NCAA Tournament field last fall.
The snub ended a run of two straight tourney appearances and four in five seasons for coach Danny Sanchez’s club. The Buffaloes went into the offseason of the belief last year’s season-ending shortcoming would be a brief setback, and on Wednesday CU’s roadmap toward a return appearance in the NCAA Tournament was revealed with the announcement of the Buffs’ 2019 schedule.
In a release, Sanchez called it, “the toughest nonconference schedule we have put together since we arrived at CU,” yet one benefit of what indeed will be a challenging slate is the Buffs will get to play their first six matches at home, beginning with a date against Drake in the season-opener on Aug. 22. The first of six 2018 NCAA Tournament foes visits next on Aug. 25 with CU’s first contest against Boston University.
The early slate also is highlighted by visits from a pair of formidable former Big 12 Conference rivals in Texas (Sept. 1) and Baylor (Sept. 8), which reached the NCAA quarterfinals last season.
CU’s first road game isn’t until Sept. 12, but it will be a demanding one with a visit to defending national champion Florida State. The Buffs also visit Denver in the final nonconference game on Sept. 21 before beginning Pac-12 Conference play on the road at Arizona Sept. 27.
The Buffs will balance their home-heavy early slate with a tough run to finish the regular season, playing their final three games on the road against Washington (Oct. 31), Washington State (Nov. 3), and Utah (Nov. 7). Of note, for the first time since Colorado State began its varsity program in 2014, the Buffs and Rams will not meet, though the Buffs play Northern Colorado for the first time since 2014 at home on Sept. 19.
Eleven of CU’s matches will air live on the Pac-12 Network, while the date at Florida State will air on the ACC Network.
Colorado Buffaloes women’s soccer
2019 schedule (* — Pac-12 Conference game)
Aug. 22 — DRAKE
Aug. 25 — BOSTON
Aug. 29 — KENT STATE
Sept. 1 — TEXAS (Pac-12 Network)
Sept. 5 — AUSTIN PEAY
Sept. 8 — BAYLOR (Pac-12 Network)
Sept. 12 — at Florida State (ACC Network)
Sept. 19 — NORTHERN COLORADO (Pac-12 Network)
Sept. 21 — at Denver
Sept. 27 — at Arizona* (Pac-12 Network)
Oct. 3 — OREGON*
Oct. 6 — OREGON STATE* (Pac-12 Network)
Oct. 10 — at UCLA* (Pac-12 Network)
Oct. 13 — at USC* (Pac-12 Network)
Oct. 19 — ARIZONA STATE*
Oct. 24 — STANFORD* (Pac-12 Network)
Oct. 27 — CAL*
Oct. 31 — at Washington* (Pac-12 Network)
Nov. 3 — at Washington State*
Nov. 7 — at Utah* (Pac-12 Network)