@MemphisWSoccer Announces 2014 Schedule
June 9, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A challenging slate awaits the 2014 University of Memphis women’s soccer program as head coach Brooks Monaghan released the 2014 schedule on Monday.
The 2014 slate features five games against 2013 NCAA Tournament teams and eight home matches at Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Thirteen teams on this year’s schedule recorded eight or more wins a season ago.
“We’ve put together another challenging schedule for this fall. We always try to put a schedule together that prepares us for tough conference play, but also one that could get us into the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Tournament is our goal and I feel that if we do our part in conference, this schedule gives us a fighting chance.”
Monaghan, who enters his 15th season as head coach at Memphis, returns 14 letterwinners and 10 starters from last year’s squad that finished 13-7-1.
The Lady Tigers play six of their nine non-conference games on the road, including the season opener on Sunday, August 24 at Alabama. The Lady Tigers play Auburn (September 5) and Ole Miss (September 7) in Oxford, Miss and the U of M will face a similar task travelling to Stillwater, Okla. to face Oklahoma State (September 19) and Texas Tech (September 21). The Lady Tigers other non-conference road test is at Kennesaw State on Sunday, September 14.
Memphis will play eight of its 18 regular season matches at home this fall, looking to improve upon a 56-14-4 record at Mike Rose Soccer Complex since 2007. The Lady Tigers open the home schedule on Tuesday, August 26 against Lipscomb before hosting Vanderbilt on Sunday, August 31. Memphis faces Southeastern Louisiana for the first time since 2000 on Friday, September 12 at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
American Athletic Conference play begins on Thursday, September 25 with rival UCF visiting Mike Rose Soccer Complex. The conference opening weekend is rounded out by USF visiting on Sunday, September 28. Conference action at home also includes games against Cincinnati (October 9), East Carolina (October 12) and Tulsa (October 18).
Memphis plays four road games in league play with the first test coming at UConn on Thursday, October 2. The road trip continues at Temple on Sunday, October 5. The Lady Tigers close the season with a pair of conference road tests at Houston (October 23) and SMU (October 26).
The American Athletic Conference Tournament will be held at USF beginning November 2 with the championship game scheduled for November 9.