July 22, 2014
2014 UIC Men's Soccer Schedule
2014 UIC Men's Soccer Schedule
CHICAGO – UIC head men’s soccer coach Sean Phillips announced the release of the Flames’ 2014 schedule on Tuesday. UIC will host a total of 10 matches at Flames Field, including exhibitions against Saint Louis and Bradley, and is set to take on six 2013 NCAA Tournament participants.
“We are fortunate to have a group of players hungry to continue to prove themselves within the conference as well as in the Great Lakes region and nationally, and our schedule reflects it," Phillips said. “Every non-conference game will prepare us for the always competitive and extremely underrated Horizon League regular season and tournament while giving our players the opportunity to prove themselves against nationally respected opponents.”
The season opens for the Flames with their first of three exhibition games on Aug. 17 when they head to Madison, Wis., to face Wisconsin, a NCAA second-round contender. UIC then returns home to host Atlantic 10 regular season champion Saint Louis on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. CT and Bradley, another NCAA second-round participant, on Aug. 24 at 3:30 p.m.
UIC kicks off its regular season with a three-game homestand beginning Aug. 29 with a 7:30 p.m. match against Cal State Fullerton to mark the first-ever meeting versus the Titans. Two days later the Flames host San Francisco in a 1 p.m. contest on Aug. 31 for the first time since 2003. UIC then wraps up its home stint by facing Michigan State, who advanced all the way to the Elite Eight in 2013, for the second-straight season at 7 p.m. on Sept. 5.
The Flames begin a three-game road trip on Sept. 7 in Des Moines, Iowa, against Drake, whom they have defeated the past three seasons, and continue to DeKalb, Ill., to take on Northern Illinois for the first time since 2004 on Sept. 12. They will conclude in Omaha, Neb., with a Tuesday evening matchup against NCAA Tournament first-rounder Creighton on Sept. 16.
Before opening conference play, UIC welcomes crosstown rival DePaul to Flames Field for a 7 p.m. match on Sept. 20. The Flames have faced the Blue Demons the past three seasons, with UIC leading 12-10-3 in the all-time series.
As the defending regular-season champions, the Flames will open Horizon League competition on the road at Oakland on Sept. 26 before turning around to play a pair of 7 p.m. matches at Flames Field against Valparaiso and Detroit on Oct. 1 and 4, respectively.
UIC will step away from conference action to contend with NCAA-qualifier Denver for the first time since 2004 on Oct. 10 as it travels to Denver, Colo. After facing the Pioneers, the Flames will head back to the Midwest to take on the Phoenix in Green Bay, Wis., for a mid-week contest on Oct. 15 before returning home to host Milwaukee, who represented the League in the NCAA Tournament last season, on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.
In its final non-conference match of the season, UIC will head to Loyola Soccer Park in Chicago, Ill., for a Tuesday night match against former Horizon League-foe Loyola on Oct. 21.
The Flames will end their road schedule with a set of 6 p.m. matches on Oct. 25 at Wright State and Nov. 1 at Cleveland State. UIC then returns to Flames Field to host its final game of the regular season against newly-added Horizon League affiliate Belmont at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7.
The Horizon League Championship is set to begin on Nov. 10 with quarterfinal action at the site of the higher seed. The regular-season champion will then host the semifinal round and championship, which will take place on Nov. 13 and Nov. 15, respectively.