Pac-12 men's soccer to feature 33 televised games in 2014
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The 2014 Pac-12 men’s soccer schedule was released on Tuesday, highlighted by 33 games to be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, the Conference office announced today.
Action will kick off Friday, Aug. 29 with all six teams in play across the country. Reigning Pac-12 champion WASHINGTON will travel to Gonzaga to open the season after finishing last year advancing to the quarterfinals of the College Cup along with CALIFORNIA. The Golden Bears and UCLA will begin the 2014 season on the East Coast, traveling to face North Carolina and Wake Forest.
The first televised game will be on Sunday, Aug. 31 as OREGON STATE hosts Central Florida in the Nike Portland Invite. The Networks will carry 23 games between two Pac-12 opponents, along with 10 non-conference games. Two of those games will take place between teams that finished in the top 25 in 2013, as STANFORD hosts No. 20 UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 9 and Washington hosts No. 9 Connecticut on Sept. 12.
Conference play opens on Thursday, Oct. 2 as Washington hosts California at 5 p.m. PT. The Conference season stretches through Sunday, Nov. 16 with the final eight games of the season broadcast on Pac-12 Networks.
Plenty of talent is coming back to the Pac-12 this year, including the Bruins as they return All-American and Pac-12 Player of the Year Leo Stolz for his senior season. Alongside returning talent, Pac-12 teams boast five of the top 40 recruiting classes according to College Soccer News, led by UCLA with the No. 1 ranked incoming class in the nation for the second year in a row.
The 2014 College Cup takes place Dec. 12 and 14 this year, with postseason action beginning Nov. 20 on various campus sites. UCLA, Washington, California and Stanford all qualified for the NCAA Championship, and all four of those teams also finished the season ranked in the top 25 of the national polls. Three of those four teams were ranked No. 1 at least once in one of the three polls during the 2013 season, including UCLA, which spent five straight weeks at the top of the NSCAA poll.