May 5, 2014
2014 Ohio Soccer Schedule
ATHENS, Ohio - Ten home matches, a tournament at Purdue and a matchup at 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifier Kentucky highlight the 2014 Ohio University soccer schedule, as announced by second-year head coach Aaron Rodgers on Monday (May 5).
The Bobcats will play eight non-conference matches - including three home dates. Ohio's 11-match Mid-American Conference schedule features six home contests.
"We are very excited about the 2014 schedule," said Rodgers. "We are really looking to build on the growth we had as a program last season. Our goal is always to win a MAC championship, but everyone in our conference wants the same thing. We must continue to do the hard work, which will bring that championship to Athens."
After hosting UNC Greensboro (Aug. 14) in a home exhibition match, the 'Cats open the regular season in West Lafayette, Ind., with a weekend tournament, battling Butler (Aug. 22) and host Purdue (Aug. 24).
Ohio concludes its four-match swing away from Athens with trips to Wright State (Aug. 29) and Kentucky (Aug. 31) to close the season's opening month. Rodgers was an assistant coach at Kentucky from 2009-12.
September begins with Ohio's first three home matches, with the Bobcats welcoming Xavier (Sept. 5), Eastern Kentucky (Sept. 7) and Detroit (Sept. 12). Ohio's non-conference slate wraps up with a visit to Dayton (Sept. 19).
"Our pre-conference schedule will really test us as a group and really prepare us for what is always an extremely competitive Mid-American Conference," said Rodgers.
The 'Cats begin their MAC championship chase with home matches against East Division foes Akron (Sept. 26) and Buffalo (Sept. 28).
The third month of the season opens with back-to-back road matches against MAC West opponents, as the 'Cats visit 2013 MAC Tournament champion Western Michigan (Oct. 3) as well as Northern Illinois (Oct. 5).
Ohio returns home for a cross-division match with Ball State (Oct. 10) and a Battle of the Bricks showdown with archrival Miami (Oct. 12).
The Bobcats wrap up their road slate of contests with a three-match trip, visiting Bowling Green (Oct. 17), 2013 MAC regular season champion Eastern Michigan (Oct. 19) and Central Michigan (Oct. 24).
The 2014 regular season ends with home dates against Toledo (Oct. 26) and Kent State (Oct. 30).
The 2014 MAC Tournament begins with quarterfinal matches at campus sites on Nov. 2. The highest remaining seed following the quarters will host the semifinals (Nov. 7) and title match (Nov. 9) the following weekend. The league tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
The NCAA Tournament gets underway with First Round matches on Nov. 14. The 2014 NCAA Women's College Cup will run Dec. 5-7 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. UCLA enters the 2014 season as the defending national champion.
The Bobcats finished the 2013 regular season with their first non-losing record since 2009 (7-7-5) and posted five road victories - the most wins away from home for the program since 2004. Ohio tallied 26 goals in 2013 - the program's most in a decade.