May 13, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army men’s soccer head coach Russell Payne unveiled his team’s 2014 schedule on Tuesday. Nine home matches, including a contest against Air Force, and the third-annual Army-Navy Cup at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., highlight the Black Knights’ 18-game schedule.
“We are excited about the challenges that our 2014 schedule brings,” said Payne. “The schedule features strong regional opponents, several 2013 NCAA Tournament teams, and a conference lineup that continues to garner increasing national attention.”
Army finished 12-3-3 last season, marking its highest win total since winning 13 games in 1993. The Black Knights earned the Patriot League’s No. 2 seed following a 6-2-1 showing in the conference. Army’s appearance in the Patriot League Tournament was its first since 1996.
Army opens its 2014 slate with a home contest against Fairfield (Aug. 29) before hitting the road to face St. Joseph’s (Sept. 1). The Black Knights renew their rivalry with Air Force on Sept. 6 at West Point, and travel to Binghamton on Sept. 10 to face the Bearcats for the first time since 2012.
After welcoming Quinnipiac (Sept. 13) and making the short trip to Marist (Sept. 16), Army returns to Clinton Field for a season-long three-game homestand which features matches against St. Francis (N.Y.) (Sept. 20), Central Connecticut State (Sept. 23) and Patriot League rival Bucknell (Sept. 27).
The Black Knights will continue their conference slate in the next four matches, with road dates at Boston University (Oct. 4) and Colgate (Oct. 8), a home match against Loyola (Oct. 11), and an away contest against American (Oct. 18). Army returns to nonconference action at Rutgers on Oct. 21 before playing at Lehigh (Oct. 25) and home against Holy Cross (Oct. 29) and Lafayette (Nov. 1). The Black Knights regular-season finale will be against Navy for the second-straight year, as the service-academy rivals will meet in the third installment of the Army-Navy Cup at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., on Nov. 7.
The Patriot League Tournament will begin with quarterfinal contests on Nov. 11, while semifinal matches are set for Nov. 14. The Patriot League Championship will take place on Nov. 16, with the conference winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The top seed in the six-team field will host the semifinal and championship matches.