Men's Soccer Team Announces 2014 Schedule
June 5, 2014
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's soccer team, which will celebrate its 50th year of competition this fall, released its 2014 schedule Thursday.
Highlighted by matches against each of the previous two national champions to kick off the season, the Golden Eagles' schedule features a total 17 regular season games, 10 of which will be played at Valley Fields.
The team's annual Fan Fest is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 14. Two days later, Marquette hosts Tulsa for its preseason opener at Valley Fields. On Aug. 22, the Golden Eagles will travel to Fort Wayne, Indiana, to take on Ohio State in the Shindigz National Soccer Festival before returning home for their final preseason tune-up against Wright State on Aug. 24.
MU has a pair of tough regular season matchups right out of the gates, as it takes on defending national champion Notre Dame followed by the host Indiana Hoosiers, the 2012 national champions, as part of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic on Aug. 29 and Aug. 31, respectively.
"This is probably the most challenging schedule Marquette soccer has ever had," said head coach Louis Bennett. "We're opening up with the national champions, then we're going to play the champions from a couple of years ago. Notre Dame and Indiana are the first two games we play."
Following the season-opening tournament, Marquette will play six of its next seven games at Valley Fields to close out its non-conference schedule. Pacific Northwest opponents Gonzaga and Oregon State will play at Valley Fields as part of the annual Panther Invitational on Sept. 5 and 7, followed by another home tilt with Drake on Sept. 13.
Marquette will then close out a four-game home stand with a match against the crosstown Milwaukee Panthers at Valley Fields on Sept. 17 for the right to hoist the Milwaukee Cup. Their meeting will be the 42nd installation of a rivalry considered to be one of the 10 best in college soccer, according to College Soccer News.
2014 HOME SCHEDULE
* - BIG EAST Conference match
Next, the Golden Eagles will cross the border to DeKalb, Illinois, for a match with Northern Illinois on Sept. 20 before the defense of their 2013 BIG EAST Conference Championship title begins.
MU will host Providence on Sept. 27 for its BIG EAST Conference opener before concluding its non-conference schedule against in-state rival Wisconsin at Valley Fields on Oct. 1.
Over the course of the next two weeks, Marquette will square off against five BIG EAST opponents. The Golden Eagles will travel to Georgetown on Oct. 4, host St. John's on Oct. 11, play at Butler on Oct. 15 and take on Villanova at Valley Fields on Oct. 18. Marquette will finish the month of October by hosting Xavier on Oct. 25 and traveling to Omaha, Nebraska, to face Creighton on Oct. 29.
The final road contest of the 2014 campaign will be played on Nov. 1 in South Orange, New Jersey, against Seton Hall. On Nov. 7, the team will recognize its senior class as Marquette takes on DePaul at Valley Fields for its regular season finale.
Single-game and season tickets will go on sale in July.