The 15-game docket officially gets underway Friday August 29 when the Cougars travel to Portland, Ore., to face rising NAIA-power Concordia (Ore.), which advanced to the quarterfinals of last year’s NAIA Tournament. It’s also a rematch of last year’s season-opener when the Cougars knocked off the Cavaliers, 5-1, in Azusa.
The Cougars, who have made it to 5 straight NAIA Final Fours, then play NAIA-power and 2-time national champion Simon Fraser (B.C.) Saturday, August 30 in Portland.
From there, Azusa Pacific comes home for 3 straight matches, including its home-opener against NCAA Division II Cal State L.A. Friday, September 5 at 7 p.m. The Cougars then begin their quest for their fourth straight GSAC title Monday, September 29 vs. Concordia.
After a pair of GSAC contests, the Cougars take a slight break from the conference slate to host NAIA-member John Brown (Ark.) Friday, October 3 at 7 p.m.
Azusa Pacific hosts defending NAIA champion Westmont in a re-match of last year’s title match as part of the Cougars’ homecoming festivities Saturday, October 25 at Noon.
The Cougars, who are coming off a 16-4 campaign last year in which they won their third straight GSAC crown and advanced to the NAIA championship match for the second time, are looking to make their sixth straight NAIA Tournament appearance. They return 17 players, including NAIA All-Americans Erin Arbizu and Heather Hannemann as well as All-GSAC defender Stephanie Bays.
To view Azusa Pacific’s 2003 women's soccer schedule, click here.