July 8, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Vanderbilt women's soccer team will make three television appearances during the 2010 regular season, Southeastern Conference officials announced this week.
"We are very excited to make three television appearances this fall," VU Head Coach Ronnie Woodard said. "It is a great chance for our fan base to follow the success of our Commodores as we face a very competitive SEC schedule. Each match in the SEC is a challenge and we are looking forward to our first match in September."
A total of 15 SEC games have been chosen for broadcast by ESPNU, Fox, CSS and Cox. A pair of Commodore contests will bookend the league's TV coverage, beginning on the opening weekend of conference play in late September.
Vanderbilt's second SEC game of the year will see the Florida Gators visit Nashville on Sunday, Sept. 26, for a game that will be shown by CSS. A week later, the Commodores will travel to Georgia to face the Lady Bulldogs on Sunday, Oct. 3, on ESPNU -- VU soccer's first appearance on the network.
The regular season wraps up on Friday, Oct. 29, as Vanderbilt travels to face Kentucky on Fox Sports South.
All 12 league schools will be featured during the season, with only Auburn and Florida's four appearances topping the Commodores' three. Georgia, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee have also been scheduled to be on the air three times this season.
The 2010 SEC Tournament championship will also be broadcast on ESPNU. The finals are scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m., at the Orange Beach Soccer Complex in Orange Beach, Ala.
Soccer season is just around the corner, as Vanderbilt will play its only exhibition game on Sunday, Aug. 15, against Belmont before opening the regular season on Friday, Aug. 20, at UAB. The Commodores will host five non-conference regular season contests, beginning Friday, August 27, against Minnesota, while also travelling to the Virginia Tech Tournament.
Coach Woodard returns eight seniors from a squad that won 11 games in 2009. Leading scorers Molly Kinsella and Nicole Lukens are back along with three-year starter Rachel Bachtel in goal.