Utah Valley University women's soccer head coach Chris Lemay has released his team's 2017 schedule, featuring matchups against Hawaii, UNLV, Wyoming, Washington State and BYU.
"We are looking forward to a challenging and fun schedule," said Lemay. "Opening up in Hawaii will be a great experience for the team and we are excited to get two great matches in the first weekend. We are happy to be hosting Pac-12 Washington State. Another highlight of the schedule will definitely be September 22 when we play at BYU. I really think that our non-conference games will prepare us to compete well when the WAC run begins."
Utah Valley will play its first six matches of the season on the road. The Wolverines open the 2017 season in the Aloha state against Hawaii on Aug. 18 and Houston Baptist on Aug. 20. The games in Hawaii mark the third time that the Wolverines have traveled to the island. The matchup against Houston Baptist will mark the 11th meeting between the two teams. HBU won the Southland Tournament last season to make its second trip to the NCAA Tournament in the past three years.
The Wolverines continue road play at UNLV in Las Vegas on Aug. 25. The Rebels won the 2016 Mountain West Tournament title to clinch the program's first NCAA Tournament berth since 2006 last season. UVU will then travel to California to take on Cal State Northridge on Aug. 27. The Matadors won their program's first-ever Big West regular season title in 2016.
UVU will then travel to the Sooner state for matchups at Tulsa on Sept. 1 and at Oral Roberts on Sept. 3. The Wolverines will then open their home slate at Clyde Field against Mountain West foe Wyoming on Sept. 8. Utah Valley went 5-2-1 at home last season and holds an impressive 22-4-4 record at Clyde Field during the past three seasons.
Utah Valley heads back out on the road as the team travels to California to take on Big West foe Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 10. The Wolverines then return to Clyde Field for a first-ever matchup against Washington State on Sept. 14. The Wolverines go back out on the road as the team travels to the Peace Garden State to take on North Dakota State on Sept. 17.
The Wolverines will then travel down University Parkway for a UCCU CrossTown Clash at BYU on Sept. 22. The game will mark the third matchup between the two teams. UVU and BYU last met on the pitch in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2015.
UVU will wrap up the non-conference schedule against Seattle U as the two teams will play a non-league match at Clyde Field on Sept. 30.
Utah Valley opens its seven-match Western Athletic Conference schedule on the road at UMKC on Oct. 6. UVU will also play WAC road games at Chicago State (Oct. 8), CSU Bakersfield (Oct. 22) and at Seattle U (Oct. 28).
The Wolverines open WAC play at home against New Mexico State on Oct. 12. The remainder of the WAC home slate includes UT Rio Grande Valley (Oct. 14) and Grand Canyon (Oct. 20).
This year's WAC Tournament will take place Nov. 2-5, at Grand Canyon. The top-six teams from the conference's regular season standings will advance to the tournament.
Utah Valley will host an exhibition game at home against Idaho State on Aug. 9.
Jason Erickson works in the communications office at the Utah Valley University athletic department. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.