UCF Men's Soccer Announces 2014 Slate



July 9, 2014

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By Nate Blythe

2014 UCF Men's Soccer Schedule

  8/17   Jacksonville (Exb)                 5 p.m.
  8/20   Tampa (Exb)                           7 p.m.
  8/29   at Portland                             10 p.m.
  8/31   at Oregon State                       3 p.m.
  9/05   Florida Atlantic                       5 p.m.
  9/12   at Akron                                    7 p.m.
  9/14   vs. College of Charleston      Noon
  9/17   North Florida                           7 p.m.
  9/24   at Indiana                            7:30 p.m.
  9/27   Memphis*                                7 p.m.
10/04   SMU*                                         7 p.m.
10/08   at Temple*                                3 p.m.
10/11   at Memphis*                             8 p.m.
10/15   at FIU                                         7 p.m.
10/18   UConn*                                      7 p.m.
10/22   USF*                                           7 p.m.
10/25   at Cincinnati*                            7 p.m.
11/01   at Tulsa*                                    8 p.m.
11/04   Florida Gulf Coast                   7 p.m.
11/08   AAC Quarterfinals    Campus Sites
11/14   AAC Semifinals         Storrs, Conn.
11/16   AAC Championship   Storrs, Conn.

* American Athletic Conference Match
Home games are bold and played at
the UCF Soccer Complex.
All Times are Eastern

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Entering its second year in the American Athletic Conference, the UCF men's soccer team will compete against some of the top squads in the nation in 2014. Head coach Bryan Cunningham announced the Knights' schedule Wednesday, which includes six contests against top 60 RPI squads from a year ago.

"We always play a prominent schedule and this year is no exception," Cunningham said. "We have a number of quality teams, home and away, on the slate. Our opponents are going to provide a true challenge in the conference and non-conference schedule."

The Knights are slated to play seven regular-season matches at the UCF Soccer Complex. UCF, who is presented by Napleton's Volkswagen, battles two of its four 2013 NCAA Championship opponents in UConn (Oct. 18) and USF (Oct. 22) in consecutive home games during The American schedule.

Season tickets, which includes a general admission seat to all regular season home matches, are now on-sale for $30. Season tickets for youth (age 2-17) can be purchased for $15. Each season ticket purchased includes a special soccer scarf.

Fans also have the option to purchase the UCF GOLD Pass, which includes a general admission ticket to all home men's soccer, women's soccer, volleyball, softball, women's basketball and track & field events, for $90. For more information on how to purchase tickets click here or call 407-UCF-1000.

For the first time since 2008, the Knights kickoff the schedule outside the Sunshine State at Portland (Aug. 29) and Oregon State (Aug. 31). The contest against the Beavers is set to be broadcast by the PAC-12 Network.

"We always like to take one big trip each year and challenge ourselves outside the region," Cunningham said. "Oregon State and Portland are two very good teams that will present us a challenging opening weekend."

The home opener for UCF comes on Sept. 5 against Florida Atlantic at 5 p.m. as a part of a men's and women's soccer doubleheader. The Knights also face North Florida (Sept. 17) and Florida Gulf Coast (Nov. 4) at home in non-conference play.

A major test for the Knights comes at Akron (Sept. 12), who won the 2010 NCAA Championship and holds the highest win percentage (.832) in the country since 2006. A neutral site bout with College of Charleston (Sept. 14) is also on the docket during the trip to Ohio.

UCF also heads to Indiana, who won the 2013 Big 10 Tournament, on Sept. 24. The final road non-league game is at FIU (Oct. 15).

The Knights open The American play in Orlando against Memphis (Sept. 27) and SMU (Oct. 4). Road contests in league action are at Temple (Oct. 8), Memphis (Oct. 11), Cincinnati (Oct. 25) and Tulsa (Nov. 4). Due to seven teams in the league the Knights tangle with the Tigers twice.

"Our conference is going to be extremely difficult," Cunningham said. "Many of the teams, including us, return a lot of players from last year. Tulsa, a newcomer, is always very strong. The race for the title will come down to the wire like it did last year."

After concluding the regular season at home against FGCU on Nov. 4, The American Quarterfinals are slated for Nov. 8 at the campus site of the highest seeds. The winners advance to The American Championship played at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium in Storrs, Conn.

UCF returns junior Romario Williams, The American Offensive Player of the Year, along with eight starters from last year's team. The Knights finished third in The American at 5-1-3 and went 8-5-5 overall, while tallying a school record nine-match unbeaten streak. Eight freshmen are set to begin their UCF careers in August.



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