The 2012 Sam Houston State women's soccer schedule, which includes visits to Pritchett Field by top programs like North Texas, Rice, UTSA and Texas State and four home Southland Conference duels, has been announced by head coach Tom Brown.

The action begins Friday, August 17, when Sam Houston State plays host to Prairie View A&M at 7 p.m. Other home non-conference encounters include Texas State on Sunday, August 19; North Texas Friday, August 24; UTSA Friday, September 14 and Rice Sunday, September 16.

Home league contests include matches with Nicholls State Friday, September 28; Central Arkansas Sunday September 30; Northwestern State Friday, October 12 and McNeese State Sunday, October 21.

Brown has a challenging non-conference road schedule set for the Bearkats. Sam Houston will face Saint Mary's of California and Rutgers at Texas A&M's field in College Station on Friday, August 31 and Sunday September  2.

Next, SHSU travels to play New Mexico State in Las Cruces Friday, September 7 and UTEP in El Paso Sunday, September 9. The Kats also will take on Air Force in Colorado Springs Friday, September 21.

The Southland Conference will welcome Oral Roberts into the league this fall. Sam Houston will face ORU in Tulsa on Sunday, October 7.

The complete 2012 Sam Houston women's soccer schedule