SEATTLE (June 6) – Seattle University women's soccer has announced its 2017 schedule. The Redhawks will host seven regular season matches at Championship Field as they look to win their fourth Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championship in five years.

Coach Julie Woodward will begin her 21st season at Seattle U. She has guided the Redhawks to four straight WAC regular season titles and three WAC Tournament Championships since 2013. In 2016, SU won 14 games, including a perfect 7-0 mark in conference action. It then won both outings at the WAC Tournament, clinching its third NCAA Tournament appearance.

“I am excited about the potential of our schedule,” said Woodward. “Our goal is always to play non-conference games that will challenge us, make us better and help prepare us for conference. Overall, we feel fortunate to play some excellent teams, both in and out of conference, which will no doubt test us and hopefully help us reach our full potential as a team.”

Seattle U opens the regular season on Aug. 18 at Cal State Fullerton. SU hosts Pac-12 foe Oregon State in the home opener on Aug. 20. After that, the Redhawks travel to Hawaii for a pair of contests. On Aug. 26, they face Pacific and then two days later, SU takes on Hawaii.

In September, Seattle U will play its final seven non-conference matches. It heads to Idaho on Labor Day. A week later, it returns home for a date with Santa Clara, who knocked off top-ranked Stanford on its way to the NCAA Quarterfinals last season.

SU will make the short trek to Washington for a Sept. 15 clash under the lights. Two days, the Redhawks will play at Portland State. On Sept. 22, they host Portland in the final non-conference home match of the year. SU then plays at Gonzaga on Sept. 24. On Sept. 30, the Redhawks will play a non-conference match at Utah Valley.

The WAC schedule opens on Oct. 6, as Seattle U starts a two-game road trip, traveling to Chicago State and then UMKC (Oct. 8).

Seattle U welcomes UTRGV (Oct. 12), New Mexico State (Oct. 14), and CSU Bakersfield (Oct. 20) for a three-game home stand at Championship Field. It plays at Grand Canyon, newly postseason eligible, on Oct. 22, before hosting Utah Valley on senior day on Oct. 28.

Grand Canyon will host the 2017 WAC Tournament from Nov. 2-5.

Woodward returns a strong core of returners, featuring Stephanie Spiekerman, the 2016 WAC Defensive Player of the Year, and Natasha Howe, the 2016 WAC Tournament MVP.  

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