By Jonathan Okanes
The Pac-12 Networks released their 2012 men’s and women’s soccer schedules over the past couple of days, and they are highlighted by the networks’ first-ever live event production.
Stanford’s women’s soccer team, the defending NCAA champion, will meet Santa Clara on Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. (PT) in the first game ever to air on the Pac-12 Networks. That will be the first of 58 women’s soccer contests to air on the networks this season. There will be 28 men’s soccer games, beginning with a doubleheader on Aug. 24 when Gonzaga visits Washington and UCLA hosts New Mexico. Compare to a year ago and the exposure for Pac-12 soccer is up from a combined 22 TV appearances in 2011 to 86 this year.
Time to clear your weekends if you are a soccer enthusiast, because the Pac-12 Networks will be showing most games on Fridays and Sundays. Thirty-two women’s soccer games alone will air on Fridays. A combined 72 men’s and women’s games will take place on Fridays and Sundays.
There are 10 days this fall where at least three soccer games will be on the Pac-12 Networks. There will be five games on Sept. 28 and Sept. 30.
On the women’s side, 19 of the broadcasts will feature nonconference games. There will be nine nonconference tilts for men’s soccer.
The inaugural contest between Stanford and Santa Clara is a marquee matchup between the defending national champs and the Broncos, who are a perennial power in women’s soccer. UCLA’s men’s soccer team went to the NCAA College Cup last season and should be in the national mix again in 2012.
For the complete women’s soccer schedule, click here.
For the complete men’s soccer schedule, click here.