TULSA, Okla. -- Oral Roberts women's soccer head coach Roger Bush has announced the team's upcoming schedule for the 2016 campaign. The schedule features nine matches at home, five power conference opponents and two matches against NCAA Tournament qualifiers from a year ago.
"We are excited to once again face one of the most challenging and competitive schedules in the program's history. Over the past two years we have played NCAA tournament teams, power conference schools, and teams in the Top-25 and it has helped set a pattern for who we envision ourselves becoming," said Bush. "The schedule provides exactly what our athletes yearn for, challenge. It also provides an excellent medium for growth for a young team with great ambition."
"Wes Branstetter has worked very hard to not only find top programs, but to also create home-away fixtures that will provide some top class women's soccer at Case Soccer Complex in the future on return legs."
ORU will open the year with two-straight matches in the friendly confines of the Case Soccer Complex as the Golden Eagles play host to Arkansas-Pine Bluff to kick off the regular season August 19 before facing off with North Texas in a return trip August 21.
Oral Roberts will then hit the road for seven of the next ten games beginning with a trip to Texas where they will take on Abilene Christian August 26 before returning to Oklahoma to take face Oklahoma State in Stillwater August 28.
The team will kick off September with a pair of games at home with Houston Baptist (September 2) and regional foe Missouri State (September 4).
ORU will then make their only three-game road swing of the season starting September 9 with a trip to Lubbock when they take on Texas Tech. The Golden Eagles will stay continue their road trip in Texas as they travel to Fort Worth to take on TCU (September 11).
The team returns to Tulsa September 16 for a match against cross-town rival TU before wrapping up the weekend at the Case Soccer Complex with Texas Southern (September 18).
Oral Roberts will close out the nonconference portion of its schedule in the last weekend of September when they travel to Kansas State (September 23) and UMKC (September 25).
The Golden Eagles kick off Summit League action beginning in October. The team will welcome four conference opponents to Tulsa in North Dakota State (October 2), IPFW (October 14), IUPUI (October 16) and South Dakota (October 23).
ORU will hit the road for four Summit League contests starting with Omaha (October 7), South Dakota State (October 9), Denver (October 21) before finishing the regular season at Western Illinois (October 30).
The top four teams will advance to the conference tournament for a chance at the League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
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