Men's Soccer Releases 2014 Schedule
May 29, 2014
MISENHEIMER, NC – Head Men’s Soccer Coach Bob Reasso has announced the release of the 2014 men’s soccer schedule. The 18 game slate will kick off on Sept. 5 and feature a number of challenging contests.
“Our schedule is full of tough competition but we wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Reasso. “The goal is always to make the postseason and we think this schedule will have us better prepared to reach that goal.”
The Falcons will open the season in Millersville, PA as Reasso takes on one of his former players. Steve Widdowson was a two-year captain under Reasso at Rutgers University and is Millersville’s all-time leader in coaching wins. Last season, the Mauraders were the NCAA Atlantic Region Runner-Up and have made the NCAA Tournament four times in the past six years. Two days later, the Falcons will travel to West Chester to take on the Golden Rams. West Chester is led by a longtime friend of Reasso’s and former Lehigh assistant coach, Michael Benn. In his first season at the helm, Benn led his team to a 13-4-2 record.
The Falcons home opener is Sept. 13 against a second 2013 NCAA Tournament team. The Limestone Saints won last year’s Conference Carolinas Tournament and went 15-4 a year ago. The first three programs Pfeiffer faces to start the season went a combined 41-14-4 in 2013.
Conference Carolinas welcomes two new teams to the conference as Southern Wesleyan and Emmanuel join the league. Southern Wesleyan was last year’s National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Champs and will travel to Misenheimer on Sept. 20.
Pfeiffer will host cross-town rival Catawba on Oct. 1 followed by a game against the 2013 Conference Carolinas Regular Season champions Erskine. The last time Pfeiffer met the Flying Fleet was in the Conference Tournament Semifinals with Pfeiffer (the No. 5 seed in the tournament) nearly upsetting the tournament’s top seed as Erskine took the game in penalty kicks.
The home finale will be on Oct. 22 as Pfeiffer hosts North Georgia before finishing the regular season with three straight road contests. The final game of the season could be pivotal as Pfeiffer travels to Belmont Abbey on Oct. 31 with conference seeding on the line.
In Reasso’s first season last year, the Falcons improved from a one-win team to a 10-8-2 squad. The 10 wins are the most since the 2008-09 season and the program combined for eight wins in the three seasons prior to Reasso taking the reins. Pfeiffer will look to take the next step in 2014.
Click here to see the full 2014 schedule.