Six Arizona State University women's soccer games will be among 58 women's soccer matchups televised live by Pac-12 Networks in 2013, according to an announcement made by Pac-12 Enterprises on Wednesday.
The Sun Devils will make their 2013 Pac-12 Networks debut on Fri., Sept. 20 (4:30 p.m. PT), when they host Boise State in the first of four consecutive televised games. The following weekend (Sun., Sept. 29 at 4 p.m.) ASU will open conference play on Pac-12 Networks when it hosts USC. The game against the Trojans will be a rematch of last year's contest in Tempe, won by the Sun Devils 5-4 in double overtime in a game in which then-freshman Cali Farquharson tied the single-game school record for goals (3) and set the single-game school record for points (8).
One week later Pac-12 Networks will be on hand for both of ASU's contests in the Bay Area against Cal (Fri., Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. PT) and Stanford (Sun., Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m. PT).
The Sun Devils will be featured on Pac-12 Networks the last two weekends of the regular season, starting with their final regular season home game against Utah (Sun., Nov. 3 at Noon MT) and concluding with ASU's Territorial Cup Series contest at Arizona (Thurs., Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. MT).
The aforementioned six games are a portion of what figures to be one of the most difficult schedules in the country as 10 of ASU's 19 games will be against teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season.
The Sun Devils' first four games will be contested against teams that made it to the postseason in 2012, starting with their home opener against Cal State Northridge (2012 NCAA First Round finish) on Fri., Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. PT.
The following weekend ASU will travel to the Lone Star State to take on Texas A&M (Fri., Aug. 30, time TBD) and Stephen F. Austin (Sun., Sept. 1 at 11:30 a.m. CT). The Aggies made it to the third round of NCAAs last year while SFA set its single-season school record for wins (17) before falling to Texas A&M in the first round of NCAAs.
The Sun Devils return home the following week to host the ASU Classic. ASU will open the tourney against Illinois (2012 NCAA Tournament Second Round finish) on Fri., Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. PT and will close it out on Sun., Sept. 8 at 1:30 p.m. when it takes on Kansas, who played the Sun Devils to a 2-2 tie last season in Lawrence, Kan. Both Friday and Sunday will be doubleheaders as the University of Arizona will play in the first game on both days - vs. Kansas at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and vs. Illinois at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Next up for the Sun Devils will be the first of two trips to Tucson in 2013 for a pair of neutral-site contests at the Cats Classic. ASU's first assignment of the weekend will be against Texas Tech (2012 NCAA Second Round finish) on Fri., Sept. 13 at 4:30 p.m. PT. It will then conclude play at the event against Southern Utah (Sun., Sept. 15 at 11 a.m.).
Following their home contest against USC on Sept. 29, the Sun Devils will be on the road the next three weekends, starting with the aforementioned contests at Cal (2012 NCAA Second Round finish) and at Stanford (2012 NCAA College Cup Final Four). ASU will then travel northwest for contests at Oregon (Fri., Oct. 11, time TBA) and at Oregon State (Sun., Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. PT). The Sun Devils will conclude their three-week road trip when they play at UCLA (2012 NCAA Regional finalist) on Fri., Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. PT.
The Sun Devils will end the month of October with home games against 2012 NCAA Tournament entries Washington (Fri., Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. PT) and Washington State (Sun., Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. PT) and will conclude the home portion of their schedule the following week when Colorado (Fri., Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. PT) and Utah (Sun., Nov. 3 at Noon MT) visit Tempe.
This season ASU will return eight players who started 14 or more games last season. Included among the returners are three of the team's top four scorers from last season: forwards Farquharson, Devin Marshall and Holland Crook. In the back line ASU will be led by senior defender Jasmine Roth, who has started 57 games over the last three seasons.
The Sun Devils, who concluded their 2013 spring season with a perfect 9-0 record, will be seeking their fourth NCAA Tournament berth in the last five years under seventh-year head coach Kevin Boyd.
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