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Women’s soccer releases 2014 schedule
Bearcats open at home against Temple on Aug. 22, play four of first five at home
June 13, 2014Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y. – Binghamton women’s soccer announced its 2014 schedule on Friday and the Bearcats will open the season with a home game against Temple on August 22.
The 18-game slate includes 10 non-conference games before the traditional eight-game America East portion begins in late September. Seventh-year head coach Sarah McClellan’s squad will play nine home games and nine away.
Binghamton begins against Temple, members of the American Athletic Conference, and plays four of its first five games at the Bearcats Sports Complex with the lone away tilt being a Game 2 match at Lehigh on August 24.
“Temple is a high level team and an up-and-coming program,” McClellan said. “Facing them in the opener should get us playing on our toes right out of the gate. Lehigh is always a strong, organized team so that first weekend will give us two good challenges to see where we’re at early on.”
The team will get a heavy dose of the MAAC in 2014, with games scheduled against Manhattan (Aug. 29), Iona (Aug. 31), Siena (Sept. 5), Niagara (Sept. 12) and Canisius (Sept. 14). Two encounters with Patriot League members (Lehigh) and Lafayette (Sept. 7) and one each against teams from the Atlantic-10 (St. Bonaventure on Sept. 19) and the Ivy League (Cornell on Sept. 21) round out the non-league slate.
Siena won 11 games in 2013 and reached the MAAC semifinals and St. Bonaventure advanced to the A-10 semifinals. The game against BU’s closest (proximity) rival, Cornell, figures to be a tight, spirited contest.
The Bearcats then have a week off before beginning America East at home against Maine on Sept. 28. Another schedule gap means BU will play just one game in a 13-day span before hosting UMass Lowell on Oct. 5. Binghamton will then finish with four of its final six regular-season games on the road. The Bearcats will then have to make their postseason push on the road as their final two games are at Vermont (Oct. 23) and at defending America East champion UMBC (Oct. 26).
“The America East season will be just as competitive as it’s ever been,” McClellan said. “Every team has quality players who are highly competitive for a full 90 minutes. It’s always exciting come conference time to be able to give your best effort and see what you can prove in terms of where you sit in the standings and to hopefully advance to the postseason.
“We have a really strong group of core returning players and I’m very optimistic about our incoming freshmen and what they’re capable of doing and contributing right away. Our fitness, athleticism and depth will be important this year – that’s what we believe will be a difference-maker in a lot of our games. All of our games have the potential of being down-to-the-wire games.”
The top six teams advance to the America East tournament, which starts with quarterfinals on October 30 and continues with the semifinals (Nov. 2) and championship game (Nov. 8 or 9).
The Bearcats return seven starters and 19 letterwinners from an 8-8-2 team that reached the 2013 America East quarterfinals.