LAKE CHARLES—McNeese is the women’s soccer coach Drew Fitzgerald announced the 2022 schedule, which includes 10 home games at Cowgirl Field, six of which are Southland Conference games.
“I’m excited about the challenges and opportunities that are on this year’s program outside of the conference,” said the head coach Drew Fitzgerald. “Playing at Texas A&M and South Alabama will give us an early insight into what it takes to play in an NCAA tournament game. The atmosphere at Texas A&M in particular is special and an experience that will only help us along the way.
“We’re playing against several teams that we have a long history with but will have new head coaches, so that always makes things interesting. UL Lafayette, Sam Houston, Troy,
and Lamar all have new employees and will likely look very different than in the past.”
The Cowgirls will play an exhibition game at UL-Lafayette on August 10 before taking on former Southland foe Sam Houston at home on August 19. Other non-conference home games include Southern (August 31), Lamar (September 4), and Texas Southern (September 11).
A stretch of three back-to-back road games beginning August 21 at Texas A&M, followed by road contests against Troy (August 25) and South Alabama (August 28), two games to be played in Mobile, Alabama, will be the Challenge Cowgirls early before returning home for two games before conference play begins.
“Conference play will be as competitive as ever. Texas A&M Commerce will be a whole new challenge. Coach Gordon is a proven winner so we expect these games to be hard fought. I expect Nicholls to improve a lot , as their lineup is basically all new and their staff is entering their second season.Southeastern is also under new management with Coach Gillespie taking the lead after being with the team for the past three seasons.I’m sure he will add some new folds and make them as competitive as ever.
“Of all the seasons I’ve coached here, this is the most competitive top to bottom I’ve seen at the Southland. Basically we know that every game will be a fight and there will be no days off. It’s going to be exciting.”
The 13-game Southland Conference roster will be played Sept. 9 in Houston Baptist. After another game away at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on September 16, the Cowgirls will play three straight home games.
McNeese will host new SLC members Texas A&M-Commerce (September 23), Texas A&M-CC (September 25) and Southeastern (September 30).
In October, McNeese plays four of his last seven games on the road, including games at Northwestern State, Nicholls, Southeastern and Texas A&M-Commerce.
The three home games in October include Nicholls (Oct. 14), Northwestern State (Oct. 26) and Houston Baptist (Oct. 28) in the regular season finals.
Northwestern State will host the Southland Conference Tournament November 2-6, with the winner representing the league in the NCAA tournament.
2022 McNeese Women’s Soccer Schedule
August 10 in UL-Lafayette (exhibition) / 7 p.m
AUG. 19 SAM HOUSTON (7 p.m.)
August 21 at Texas A&M (6 p.m.)
August 25 against Troy (4 p.m.)
August 28 in South Alabama (3 p.m.)
31 AUGUST SOUTH (7 PM)
Sept 4 LAMAR (7pm)
September 9 * in Houston Baptist (7 p.m.)
Sept 11 TEXAS SOUTH (1 PM)
16 Sep *Texas A&M-CC (TBA)
Sept. 23 *TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE (7 p.m.)
Sept 25 *TEXAS A&M-CC (1pm)
Sept. 30 * SOUTHEAST (7 PM)
2 Oct * at Northwestern State (1pm)
7 Oct *in Nicholls (7pm)
9 Oct * at Southeastern (1pm)
OCT 14 * NICHOLLS (7pm)
23.10. *at Texas A&M Commerce (1 p.m.)
OCT 26 * NORTHWESTERN STATE (7:00 p.m.)
OCT 28 * HOUSTON BAPTIST (7 p.m.)
2nd-6th Nov Southland Conference Tournament (Natchitoches)
home games on BOLD
*Southland Conference Game