Six NCAA Tournament Teams Highlight 2014 Tulsa Men's Soccer Schedule
May 28, 2014
Tulsa, Oklahoma -
Six NCAA tournament teams from the 2013 season, including College Cup team Virginia, highlight the 2014 men's soccer schedule, as announced today by Head Coach Tom McIntosh. The Hurricane schedule features seven teams that posted double-digit wins and four teams that concluded the season ranked in the NSCAA top-25 poll a year ago.
"We are excited about the challenging schedule," McIntosh said. "In terms of strength of schedule it is similar to what we've grown accustomed to. We want to play very good teams in the non-conference to help prepare us for the conference slate and set us up well for the NCAA Championship. In terms of when we are playing the games, we've done a good job of balancing the workload that will be required of our players. We are also excited to be entering our first season in the American Athletic Conference. We are looking forward to creating new rivalries, as well as renewing old ones. It is a tremendous schedule and we're excited to get started this fall."
The Golden Hurricane finished last season with an 11-6-3 overall record, but fell to Charlotte in the Conference USA Championship match and narrowly missed the NCAA Tournament. TU outscored its opponents 37-19, had four players named to the NSCAA All-Midwest Region team and seven players picked up C-USA accolades.
Tulsa will begin the season on the road against Saint Louis on Aug. 29th. The Billikens netted a 14-5-2 mark and advanced to the Atlantic 10 Championship match a year ago. Saint Louis has a narrow 6-4 advantage in the series, but the Hurricane earned a 4-1 victory in the last meeting during the 2010 season.
TU will face SIU-Edwardsville in Edwardsville, Ill., on Aug. 31. Tulsa earned a 2-0 win last year over the Cougars, which concluded the season with an 8-9-2 mark.
CS-Northridge, UAB and Virginia will make the trip to Tulsa for the Holiday Inn Hurricane Classic on Sept. 5th and 7th. In the Friday night matchup, the Hurricane will take on Virginia, a team that advanced to the semifinals of the 2013 College Cup, finished as the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament runner-up, recorded a 13 wins and ended the season ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA poll. On Sunday, TU will face CS-Northridge, which advanced to the NCAA Second Round, finished as the Big West runner-up, tallied 15 wins and was ranked No. 24 at the end of the season last year.
Tulsa will continue its home stand with a pair of games against Creighton (Sept. 13) and cross-town rival Oral Roberts (Sept. 16). The Bluejays finished with an even 9-9-2 record and played in the opening round of the NCAA Championship last year, while the Golden Eagles had six wins. This will be the first time since 2008 that TU and ORU have faced off on the men's soccer pitch, a game the Hurricane won 4-0 to take a 19-2 lead in the all-time series.
Up next is a road trip to Akron, Ohio to face the Zips on Sept. 20th. Akron had a solid 18-1-3 record and won the Mid-America Conference title, but fell in the second round of the NCAA Championship to finish the campaign ranked No. 17 by the NSCAA.
TU will travel to Dallas, Texas to take on SMU on Sept. 26th in the program's first American Athletic Conference game. The Mustangs struggled a year ago, recording a 3-12-2 record.
Tulsa continues the road stand at Missouri State in Springfield, Mo., in the final non-conference regular season contest on Sept. 30th. The Bears recorded 11 wins and were the Missouri Valley Conference tournament runner-up last season. TU has a 26-11-2 advantage in the series with MSU, including a 2-1 win in the last meeting in 2011.
On Oct. 4th, Cincinnati will come to town for the first meeting between the two teams. The Bearcats had six wins last season.
A two-game road swing to USF on Oct. 8th and UConn on Oct. 11th is up next for the Hurricane. The Bulls won last year's inaugural American Athletic Conference championship and advanced to the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, while the Huskies finished as the AAC Championship runner-up, played in the NCAA Championship quarterfinals and finished the year ranked No. 9 by the NSCAA.
Memphis, which posted nine wins a year ago, will come to Tulsa on Oct. 17th, while TU will take on SMU for the second time of the season on Oct. 22nd.
The Hurricane will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to face Temple for the first time in program history on Oct. 25th. The Owls finished the 2013 campaign with a 10-4-4 record.
Tulsa will host UCF, which earned eight wins last season, in the final regular season contest on Nov. 1st. TU has an 8-1-1 advantage in series with the Knights, including a 3-1 win during the 2012 season.
The American Athletic Conference Championship will be hosted Nov. 8-16. On Nov. 8, the top four seeded teams will host a quarterfinal match at their school, while the semifinals and final will be hosted by UConn on Nov. 14th and 16th.
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