The UT Tyler women’s soccer team, fresh off an appearance in the NCAA Division III playoffs, opens their season on Tuesday by christening their renovated $250,000 Citizens 1st Bank-Perkins Soccer Complex.

The pitch is on campus near the intersection of Old Omen Road and University Boulevard.

The Patriots, under coach Stefani Webb, take on the University of Dallas. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

While the women are at home, the Patriot men open their season against the University of Texas at Dallas.

The match is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in Richardson.

The Patriot women are picked to finish second in the American Southwest Conference.

Morgan Monzingo, a junior from Cedar Hill, was voted the ASC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

Monzingo is coming off a sophomore season where she recorded 14 goals and four assists on her way to becoming the first All-American in program history.

Chestley Strother, a senior from Whitehouse, led the Patriots with six assists last season and also added six goals.

Strother and Melissa Miller, a senior from Keller, both earned NSCAA All-West Region honors last season.

The Patriot men, under coach Kenny Jones, are picked to finish third in the ASC.

Leandro Cid-Fernandez, a sophomore from Cordoba, Argentina, was named the 2015 ASC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year a season after leading the team with nine goals and 19 total points.

Seniors Trevor Self (New Braunfels) and Austin Fletcher (Deer Park) join Cid-Fernandez in the ASC Players to Watch list for the upcoming season.


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