July 24, 2013
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By Doug Richards
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com)
- In its first year in the American Athletic Conference, the UCF men's soccer team will face some of the top squads in the country in 2013. Head coach Bryan Cunningham
announced the Knights' slate Wednesday and UCF will face six squads that participated in the NCAA Championship last season.
The Knights will play nine regular-season contests at the UCF Soccer Complex. UCF will make its debut in The American on Sept. 21 at home against Louisville, a team that advanced to the NCAA Championship quarterfinals.
Season tickets, which include a savings off of the single-game ticket price, are $30 and include a commemorative UCF soccer scarf. Season tickets are currently available by visiting UCFAthletics.com or by calling (407) UCF-1000. The Gold Pass, which includes season tickets to all volleyball, men's and women's soccer, women's basketball, soccer and track & field contests, is also available now.
Cunningham's squad will open the regular season with three-consecutive home matches - Florida Atlantic (Aug. 30), FIU (Sept. 5) and North Florida (Sept. 8). Stetson (Sept. 18) and Georgia State (Oct. 15) will come to Orlando for a non-league contests and the Knights will also host Memphis (Oct. 9), Temple (Oct. 27) and Rutgers (Nov. 2) for conference matches.
UCF will face five squads that participated in the postseason last year on the road in Old Dominion (Sept. 15), Charlotte (Sept. 24), UConn (Oct. 5), SMU (Oct. 19) and USF (Oct. 23). The Knights and USF have met 29 times, but the matchup in Tampa this season will serve as the first league contest between the two programs.
"We will face a challenging schedule and will see a variety of teams who play different brands of soccer," Cunningham said. "It will be a challenge in a new league with new environments and new rivalries. We need to have patience and work through the schedule game by game."
The American Championship quarterfinals are set for Nov. 9 on campus sites, with the semifinals and title match slated for Nov. 15-17.
UCF will play three exhibition games at home to prepare for the regular season, hosting College of Charleston (Aug. 18), Jacksonville (Aug. 21) and Georgia Southern (Aug. 24). Admission is free for the exhibitions.