@LATechSOC Unveils 2014 Schedule
July 9, 2014
RUSTON - The 2014 schedule is a balanced one for the Louisiana Tech soccer team with 10 matches being at home and 10 matches being on the road.
The competitive slate also includes 10 Conference USA matches as the Lady Techsters enter their second season on the pitch in the league.
"Scheduling is one of the toughest aspects of the job and it has taken a lot of hard work to get 10 home games," said head coach Kevin Sherry who enters his eighth season at the helm. "We have built such a great following at our home games that we feel it is important we provide them with ample opportunities to see us play."
The season kicks off on Aug. 22 with a road contest at Central Arkansas followed by the home opener on Aug. 24 versus Troy.
LA Tech then takes on Louisiana College at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex before heading to Charleston, Ill. to battle Lewis and host Eastern Illinois in the EIU Tournament.
The remaining non-conference schedule is highlighted by three regional home matchups against Louisiana-Lafayette, Grambling State and Jackson State and a challenging road game against SEC foe Mississippi State.
"We have games which will challenge our returners and games which will provide our large incoming freshman class a chance to contribute," said Sherry. "The opening game at UCA will be a real test as will our trip to Illinois because of the travel involved and playing against two quality teams.
"The matchup with Mississippi State is probably the highlight and it will be interesting to see how competitive we can be. We did well against LSU last season and we hope this form continues into this upcoming season."
The schedule then shifts to the C-USA portion where the Lady Techsters will face five teams they have never played before, but they begin action on Sept. 26 with a tough weekend road swing at regional powers North Texas and Rice.
LA Tech then plays host to Middle Tennessee and UAB the following weekend on Oct. 3 and 5, respectively. The meeting with the Blazers will be the first ever for the program, as will the ensuing road matchups versus Charlotte and Old Dominion.
"The conference schedule is a tough one," said Sherry. "We face some very strong teams to start and then the rest will be a new experience for us as we find ourselves playing teams we have never faced before. We know this will be a challenge and we will meet that challenge head on."
After a one-match weekend at Southern Miss to conclude a three-game road stretch, LA Tech finishes the regular season with a three-game home stand against the likes of Western Kentucky, Marshall and Florida Atlantic.
Transamerica Field in Charlotte, N.C. will serve as the host site for the C-USA Tournament to be held Nov. 4-9.
The Lady Techsters report for fall practice on Aug. 7.
For complete coverage of LA Tech Soccer, please follow @LATechSOC on Twitter or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at www.LATechSports.com.
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