GW Men's Soccer Unveils 2014 Schedule
Colonials to Face Three NCAA Tournament Qualifiers
July 25, 2014
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's soccer team will play three teams which advanced to the 2013 NCAA Tournament as part of its 17-match 2014 schedule, third-year head coach Craig Jones announced on Friday.
GW will play exhibition matches against Lehigh (Aug. 16), Catholic (Aug. 19) and James Madison (Aug. 23) in the lead-up to the season. The Colonials will take on the Mountain Hawks and Cardinals on the road and will host the Dukes.
GW officially kicks off its 2014 campaign at the Kuykenstrong D.C. College Cup hosted by American University. The annual tournament, which is in its 14th season, was renamed this summer in memory of former AU and D.C. United midfielder Shawn Kuykendall, who died in March at the age of 32 after an eight-month battle with thymic cancer.
The Colonials open the tournament on Aug. 29 against the host Eagles in the teams' 43rd all-time meeting. GW will also meet Howard for the 14th consecutive year on Aug. 31, after defeating the Bison, 2-0, at last season's event.
The Colonials play their first of seven home games at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus on Sunday, Sept. 7, when they host Harvard for the first time ever.
GW then will visit Patriot League champion Navy, which advanced to the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, on Sept. 16, in the 26th all-time meeting between the teams and a rematch of last season's contest at GW.
The Colonials host Saint Francis (Pa.) and Saint Peter's on consecutive Saturdays - Sept. 20 and 27, respectively - with a contest at Virginia Tech in between on Wednesday, Sept. 23. GW has not faced the Red Flash since 2002 or the Hokies since 2008, while the game against the Peacocks represents another rematch with a 2013 opponent.
GW concludes non-conference action with back-to-back road games at Longwood (Sept. 30) and Robert Morris (Oct. 5) - the fifth out-of-league rematch for the Colonials in 2014.
"We have a challenging non-conference schedule with a blend of return games from last year and some new teams we haven't played in some time," said Coach Jones. "It will give us an opportunity to play against some different styles of play and gain more experience from playing some top programs as we prepare for the challenges of the Atlantic 10."
GW opens Atlantic 10 Conference play at Rhode Island on Friday, Oct. 10, before returning to Mount Vernon to host La Salle and Saint Joseph's on Oct. 17 and 19, respectively.
The Colonials then hit the road for three straight road games at St. Bonaventure (Oct. 24), Duquesne (Oct. 26) and Revolutionary Rival and defending A-10 champ George Mason (Oct. 31).
GW concludes the regular season with home games against NCAA qualifier VCU (Nov. 2) and A-10 newcomer Davidson (Nov. 9). The Colonials will celebrate Senior Day against the Wildcats, their former Southern Conference rival whom they have not faced since 1969.
"The A-10 schedule will be difficult with five of the eight teams we face having played in the A-10 Championship last year (La Salle, Saint Joseph's, Duquesne, George Mason, VCU), including two teams that made it to the NCAA Tournament," said Coach Jones. "Overall we have some good road games to look forward to as well as some new and familiar foes coming to Mount Vernon this year."
The 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship will be held at VCU's Sports Backers Stadium from Nov. 13-16.