July 16, 2014
Matches against service-academy rivals Army and Navy highlight the 2014 Air Force men's soccer schedule, released today by head coach Doug Hill. Following a pair of preseason scrimmages, the Falcons open the regular season at Cadet Soccer Stadium on Friday, Aug. 29 as Navy makes its first trip to USAFA since 1984.
After hosting CSU Northridge on Sunday, Aug. 31, Air Force travels to West Point, N.Y., to face its other service-academy rival, Army, on Saturday, Sept. 6. This will be the first time since 2008 that Air Force will face Army and Navy in the same season.
“We will know right away what we need to work on with our two scrimmages against New Mexico, a final four team from last year, and NCAA playoff team Denver,” said Hill, who is entering his eighth season as head coach. “Hopefully those will prepare us for our opening weekend games against two more NCAA playoff teams in Navy and Northridge. It is awesome to have both Army and Navy on the schedule this year and a great opportunity for our players to play our fellow military academy teams.”
A pair of home games against New Hampshire (Sept. 12) and Oakland University (Sept. 14) precede a trip to California to face UC Davis on Sept. 19 and Sacramento State on Sept. 21. The non-conference slate comes to an end on Sept. 27 at Missouri State.
Air Force opens its Western Athletic Conference schedule on Saturday, Oct. 4 at home against UMKC. With the WAC expanding to 10 teams this season, Air Force will play travel partner UMKC twice and each of the other eight teams once.
The Falcons will host four other conference games this season, against San Jose State (Oct. 10), CSU Bakersfield (Oct. 12), Utah Valley University (Oct. 24) and defending league champion Seattle University (Oct. 26). The WAC Tournament will begin on Thurs., Nov. 13, with the title game set for Sunday, Nov. 16. It will be played in Seattle, Wash., with the top six teams qualifying for the tournament.
“Once again I think our very balanced non conference schedule will prepare us well for our conference slate,” said Hill. “We should see similar teams in our non-conference games to our conference opponents and I think the conference race will be tight to the end.”