Missouri State Men's Soccer Unveils Fall 2014 Schedule
June 5, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The 2014 Missouri State men’s soccer schedule has been completed and includes a total of 16 games, seven of those at the brand new Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium on the Missouri State campus in Springfield. The Bears will play two games against NCAA tournament teams from a season ago, highlighted by a trip to Albuquerque to face New Mexico, which finished in the final four of last season’s College Cup.
The Bears will play three preseason friendlies to begin the year. Missouri State will host the Canadian Academy of Futbol (Aug. 17), Missouri University of Science and Technology (Aug. 20), and Missouri Valley College (Aug. 24) at the newly constructed turf field located at the corner of Bear Boulevard and John Q. Hammons Parkway.
The regular season will begin on Aug. 29, when the Bears host Incarnate Word. Missouri State shut out UIW in a preseason friendly last year, 1-0.
September begins with the first leg of a home-and-home series with Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla. on Labor Day. The Bears will host the Golden Eagles later in the season on Oct. 7.
In-state opponent UMKC will travel down to Springfield on Sept. 6 to play the Bears. MSU leads the all-time series against the Kangaroos, 17-4, and is 11-1 at home.
Missouri State participates in one regular-season tournament this season. The Bears will travel to Dallas, Texas to play Memphis and Southern Methodist in the SMU Invitational. The former Missouri Valley Conference member Mustangs will host Stony Brook, along with Memphis and MSU.
Missouri Valley Conference play will begin on the road for the Bears the following week. MSU will play Central Arkansas in Conway on Sept. 19.
Four days later, on Sept. 23, Missouri State will be back on the road to play the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Last season, UAB finished the year with an RPI of 35.
Following the four-game road swing, the Bears will return to Allison South Stadium and face Air Force for the first time since 2006. The Bears are 5-1-0 all-time against the Falcons and have won four straight dating back to 2003.
The Bears conclude a tough September schedule with a midweek matchup against Tulsa on Sept. 30. The Golden Hurricane, a former MVC soccer member, boasted an RPI of 48 a season ago.
MVC opponent Drake comes to Springfield on Oct. 4, followed by the return visit from ORU.
What looks to be the toughest game on the 2014 schedule, the Bears will travel to New Mexico to face a Lobos team that finished a game shy of the College Cup final last season in Philadelphia. New Mexico won the Conference USA regular season crown in 2013, finished the season ranked fourth by NSCAA coaches, and was the nation’s fifth-best team in terms of RPI.
The remainder of the regular season includes four conference games, two on the road and two at home. The Bears play Loyola in Chicago on Oct. 18, return home to face Bradley on Oct. 25, travel to SIU Edwardsville on Nov. 1, and conclude the regular season in Springfield against Evansville.
The Missouri Valley Conference announced that the Valley Tournament will return to Peoria, Ill. for the second consecutive season. Last year, the Bears fell in the conference championship game to Bradley after winning the regular season title with a record of 11-5-2.