EDWARDSVILLE – Following back-to-back appearances in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament semifinals and 13 wins a season ago, SIUE women’s soccer has announced its schedule for the 2014 season.
The Cougars will play nine home dates at Korte Stadium, including five OVC games in Edwardsville.
“The 2014 schedule is exciting. We have a couple of new opponents, which is always refreshing,” SIUE coach Derek Burton said. “We are exposing the team to a variety of styles of play and conferences, which ultimately will allow us to develop as the season unfolds and OVC play gets going.”
SIUE is striving for big things in the OVC and the addition of newcomers Caroline Hoefert of Marquette Catholic and Lindsey Fencel of Civic Memorial could boost the Cougars. Both are freshmen and they were the AdVantage News’ Prep Co-Players of the Year.
After a pair of exhibition contests on the road at Loyola (Aug. 14) and Western Illinois (Aug. 16), SIUE opens the home slate with a 7 p.m. nonconference tilt against UIC (Aug. 22).
The Cougars also will play host to UMKC (Sept. 7), Drake (Sept. 12), and North Dakota State (Sept. 19) in the nonconference season. SIUE travels for nonconference road contests at IUPUI (Aug. 29), Purdue (Aug. 31), Northern Illinois (Sept. 14), and Missouri State (Sept. 21).
SIUE’s OVC season begins with a three-game home stand. The Cougars will welcome Eastern Illinois (Sept. 28), Murray State (Oct. 3), and 2013 regular season champion UT Martin (Oct. 5) to begin conference play.
The Cougars then play five of the next seven OVC games away from Edwardsville. SIUE travels to Nashville, Tenn., to take on Belmont (Oct. 10) before returning home to face Austin Peay (Oct. 12). A four-game road stretch follows with games at defending OVC tournament champion Morehead State (Oct. 17), Eastern Kentucky (Oct. 19), Jacksonville State (Oct. 24), and Tennessee Tech (Oct. 26).
The Cougars close the regular season with a senior night contest at home against Southeast Missouri (Oct. 31).
“The OVC schedule will be a challenge. It always is. Home or away, it doesn’t matter,” Burton said. “The competition is tight and the margin for error is very small. We’ll be focused on the group really coming together when we get to that time of year.”
The OVC tournament, to be played at the home of the No. 1 seed, will take place Nov. 6-9.