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Roadrunners release 2012 schedule on Monday

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SAN ANTONIO — UTSA head soccer coach Steve Ballard announced Monday his program’s 2012 schedule, which is highlighted by six fixtures against NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago, nine home contests and a full eight-match slate of Western Athletic Conference (WAC) action.

“The team is excited about all of the challenges that this schedule presents,” said Ballard, who will begin his seventh season at the helm this fall. “It's not only exciting to play six teams that participated in last season’s NCAA Tournament, but to face three of those squads (Baylor, Dayton, Texas State) on our home field will provide a great experience for our players and fans.”

The Roadrunners will open the campaign at Houston Baptist on Aug. 17, while the home ledger begins two days later when the Birds host Dayton at 1 p.m. The squad then will travel to College Station for a matchup with Texas A&M (Aug. 25) before UTSA Classic home contests against Eastern Michigan (Aug. 31) and Kent State (Sep. 2).

UTSA will play its third consecutive home match on Sept. 9 when Baylor visits the Alamo City for the third time in program history. The homestand precedes the Roadrunners’ longest road stretch of the season that includes tilts at Sam Houston State (Sep. 14), Houston (Sep. 16) and Miami (Sep. 21). An Oct. 11 home match against Cal State Bakersfield will close the non-conference portion of the schedule.

Meanwhile, home contests against Seattle (Sep. 28) and Idaho (Sep. 30) will kick-off UTSA’s inaugural WAC schedule. The league slate also includes home matches against Louisiana Tech (Oct. 14) and I-35 rival Texas State (Oct. 28) and road fixtures against Utah State (Oct. 5), San Jose State (Oct. 7), Denver (Oct. 19) and New Mexico State (Oct. 21).

The WAC Tournament is scheduled to be played from Nov. 1-4 in Logan, Utah.

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