Second-year head coach Aaron Rodgers will lead the Ohio soccer team into its 'Battle of the Bricks' match against Mid-American Conference archrival Miami, which has been tabbed as NSCAATV's College Game of the Week presented by Continental Tire.
July 22, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Ohio University soccer team's Oct. 12 'Battle of the Bricks' match against Mid-American Conference East Division archrival Miami University has been tabbed as NSCAATV's College Game of the Week presented by Continental Tire, the organization announced on Tuesday (July 22).
The contest is slated to kick-off at 1 p.m. ET at Chessa Field.
The Bobcats will make two national broadcast appearances in 2014. Ohio is slated to battle the University of Kentucky on Aug. 31 in Lexington, Ky., in a contest that has been picked up by the SEC Network + - the digital streaming component of the new SEC Network.
"We are excited and honored to be chosen to be broadcast on the NSCAA College Game of the Week," said second-year Ohio head coach Aaron Rodgers. "The demand for soccer programming is a direct response to the growth and popularity of soccer in this country. The NSCAA has done a tremendous job in promoting college soccer, and this is just one more area they are giving the opportunity for women's soccer to be seen nationally. This will be a great opportunity for Ohio soccer to show the country the great things that we are doing in Athens. You couple this game with our game at Kentucky that will be on the SEC Network +, and we will easily have the most national exposure of any MAC women's soccer program."
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) continues its role in promoting and broadcasting college soccer in 2014. With the creation of NSCAATV.com, the "NSCAA College Soccer Special presented by Continental Tire" will return for its second season. The package will include up to 20 NCAA Division I college soccer games and numerous NCAA Division II, Division III, and NAIA games.
The NSCAA's broadcast of the rivalry between Ohio and Miami will allow many of the Ohio University journalism students who participated in the NSCAA-Ohio U European World Cup Experience this summer to gain valuable on-air and production experience.
Ohio and Miami played to a 1-1 draw on Oct. 4, 2013, in Oxford, Ohio, in the last meeting between the two squads.
In early August, NSCAA, NSCAATV and Continental Tire will bring viewers six different NSCAA College Soccer Preview Shows with preseason rankings (Division I men, Division I women, Division II men and women, Division III men and women, NJCAA men and women and NAIA men and women) from the Continental Tire studios located in Chapel Hill, N.C. During the season, NSCAATV will do a weekly NSCAA/Continental Tire College Soccer Review Show from the road.
"We created NSCAATV a year ago with a focus on being an attractive and entertaining outlet for college soccer fans and coaches to watch live games from all over the country," said NSCAA CEO Joe Cummings.
"Continental Tire is proud to be a partner with the NSCAA," said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for Continental Tire. "The NSCAA connects soccer across the country and this platform allows us to be a part of the growing landscape of soccer from the grass-roots to the professional ranks. We anticipate plenty of action-packed college soccer in 2014 and beyond."
Dean Linke will return for his seventh season as the play-by-play voice of the NSCAA College Soccer Special presented by Continental Tire. He will again be joined in the booth for the majority of the men's Division I games by former Georgetown head coach Keith Tabatznik. Sari Rose and Allie Dosmann will handle several of the women's Division I games as analysts. This year's games will be produced by Kyle Lang (Triangle Video Productions), George and Brian Krieger (Apparent Gravity Media) and Chase Neidig (Tourbeau Sports Group).
After hosting UNC Greensboro on Aug. 14 in a home exhibition match, the Bobcats open the regular season in West Lafayette, Ind., with a weekend tournament, battling Butler on Aug. 22 and host Purdue on Aug. 24 in the Boilermaker Challenge Cup.
Ohio finished the 2013 regular season with its 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. The Bobcats tallied 26 goals in 2013 - the program's most in a decade.