Even though the first day of classes is still five weeks away, several freshmen have already begun their college experience as members of the men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball teams. These student-athletes have taken their physicals, completed the necessary paperwork and started practicing for the start of the 2011 fall season.
The women’s soccer team will spend the first five weekends of the season away from their home field, beginning with a trip to northern California to face Sacramento State (Aug. 19) and UC Davis (Aug. 21). Fans of the women’s soccer squad will have a chance to see the team by heading over to the University of Washington on Labor Day weekend for contests against Portland (Sept. 2) and the Huskies (Sept. 4). The first home match for Julie Woodward’s team is Friday, Sept. 23, against fellow Jesuit school the University of San Francisco at 4 p.m. at Championship Field.
For the third consecutive year, the volleyball team hosts a tournament on opening weekend, welcoming Washington State, Eastern Washington and Santa Clara to the Connolly Center Aug. 26-27. Matches will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day, with Seattle U facing Eastern Washington Friday, Aug. 26, at 11 a.m., Santa Clara later that Friday at 7 p.m. and Washington State Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. Coming off an 18-13 season in 2010, the Redhawk volleyballers will also welcome Fresno State and Gonzaga to the North Court in early September.
The men’s soccer program, entering its third year in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, begins its 2011 campaign with three matches in California before the home opener Sunday, Sept. 11, against crosstown rival Washington starting at 1 p.m. at Championship Field. A home contest against Gonzaga Sept. 14 is followed by five more road matches in California to wrap up the non-conference schedule and begin the MPSF slate. The first of five home conference matches takes place Friday, Oct. 14, against San Jose State beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Championship Field. Seattle U hopes to earn one of six spots into the MPSF Tournament, hosted by the University of Denver Nov. 10-13, with an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament on the line.
The cross country team continues its improvement, heading to Crystal Mountain for its preseason camp Aug. 17-19. The squad will participate in three meets in the Seattle area, beginning with the Seattle U/UW Open Friday, Sept. 2, at Magnuson Park. The Redhawks will also compete at the UW Sundodger Invitational Saturday, Sept. 17, at Lincoln Park in West Seattle before hosting the annual Emerald City Open Saturday, Oct. 1, at Lower Woodland Park. Both the men’s and women’s cross country squads will culminate their seasons at the Great West Conference Championships Saturday, Oct. 29, in North Dakota.
For the latest information about Seattle University athletics, visit www.GoSeattleU.com. Once again, faculty and staff will enjoy free admission to all Seattle U home athletic events, so come out and support the Redhawks!