Aubrey Lechlider

Verdigris senior Aubrey Lechlider (23) splits a pair of defenders before getting tripped up during the Lady Cardinals’ Class 4A quarterfinals match against Ft. Gibson on May 4. Lechlider is signed to play with Tulsa later this fall. Lechlider led Verdigris to three state championship game berths during her four years, winning one in 2018.

TULSA — The 2019 Tulsa women’s soccer schedule features three teams that advanced to the 2018 NCAA Championship, as well as 10 teams that posted double-digit wins a year ago, as announced by head coach Kyle Cussen.

TU registered a 7-10-1 overall record, including a 3-6 mark in American Athletic Conference play last season. The Golden Hurricane returns leading scorer and all-conference first-team performer Anna Williams, as well as seven other starters and 16 additional letterwinners for the 2019 slate.

Tulsa will begin the season with a pair of games in Lake Charles, La., including a neutral site game against Texas Southern (Aug. 23) and host McNeese State (Aug. 25).

The McNeese State Cowgirls registered 13 wins, while the Texas Southern Lady Tigers tallied seven victories last year.

TU has a 2-0 lead in the all-time series with MSU, while this will be the first meeting on the women’s soccer pitch with TSU.

Tulsa returns home to the friendly confines of the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium for a four-game home stand that includes Little Rock (Aug. 30), Oklahoma (Sept. 1), Grambling State (Sept. 6) and Lamar (Sept. 8).

The GSU Tigers owned 14 wins and won the SWAC regular season championship, while the LR Trojans posted 13 wins, won the Sun Belt Conference tournament championship and advanced to the First Round of the NCAA Championship.

Lamar posted 12 wins and OU had eight victories last year.

The Hurricane has a 15-3-1 lead in the series with Little Rock, while the Sooners have a 10-2-1 advantage over Tulsa, and it will be the first meeting for Tulsa against both Grambling State and Lamar.

Up next is a road swing to face Missouri State (Sept. 13) and Kansas State (Sept. 15), followed by home games against UMKC (Sept. 20) and Chicago State (Sept. 22).

The Kangaroos earned 16 wins and won the Western Athletic Conference regular season title, while Missouri State picked up eight wins, Kansas State recorded four and CSU was held to without a win in 2018.

Tulsa owns a 13-6-2 lead in the series with the Bears and a 2-0 advantage over UMKC, while the Wildcats picked up a 3-0 win in the first meeting last year.

It will be the first meeting between the Hurricane and Chicago State.

TU begins American Athletic Conference play with a trip to Florida to take on USF (Sept. 26) and UCF (Sept. 29).

The Bulls claimed 15 wins, won The American regular season title and advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Championship, and the Knights totaled 10 wins a year ago.

Tulsa hosts Temple (Oct. 3) and UConn (Oct. 6), before the final road swing of the regular season at ECU (Oct. 10) and Cincinnati (Oct. 13).

ECU posted 10 wins, Temple seven, Cincinnati six and UConn four last season.

TU closes out the regular season with a three-game home stand featuring Memphis (Oct. 17), SMU (Oct. 24) and Houston (Oct. 27).

The Tigers registered 17 wins, claimed The American tournament championship and advanced to the First Round of the NCAA Championship, while SMU had 10 wins and Houston recorded seven a year ago.

The Golden Hurricane will face Oklahoma State in an exhibition contest on Aug. 16 in Stillwater.

The American Athletic Conference Championship format and schedule will be announced at a later time.