Dissecting A Soccer Schedule

In what I’d call the first example that the University of South Dakota is indeed nearing the Summit League, the 2010 USD soccer schedule was released Wednesday.

The 18-game slate for the Coyotes not only includes six Great West Conference games but also six contests against Summit League foes — a conference USD joins in 2011-12.

Here’s an inside look at the 2010 schedule for the Coyotes:

  • Nine home games, nine road games
  • Season opener Aug. 20 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Six straight home contests starting Aug. 27. During that stretch, the Coyotes will host Missouri-Kansas City (Aug. 27), IUPUI (Sept. 4), Western Illinois (Sept. 6), Creighton (Sept. 9), Idaho (Sept. 11) and Eastern Washington (Sept. 17)
  • Then comes a game against South Dakota State on Sept. 19
  • Following that rivalry game, USD will travel to North Dakota State (Sept. 26), Drake (Sept. 30) and Northern Iowa (Oct. 3) before beginning Great West action. Quite a stretch there, huh?
  • The Great West Championship will be held Nov. 5-8 in Houston, Texas

Another tough schedule with a new coach for USD, which was 4-12 last fall — all four wins coming against rival North Dakota. It’s obvious USD is gearing up for Summit League action by playing six contests against future conference foes — including a home & home against Western Illinois.

And three straight Great West contests to close the regular season is nice to gear up for the postseason tournament down in Texas.

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