Nine Home Matches Highlight 2014 NDSU Women's Soccer Schedule
Nine home matches at Dacotah Field, including a non-conference tilt against Big 12 Conference member Iowa State, highlight the 2014 North Dakota State women's soccer schedule released Tuesday, May 20, by head coach Mark Cook.
"This year's schedule is very unique as we face some very good teams from several different conferences," Cook said. The Bison will take on the University of Jamestown on Aug. 16 and Bemidji State on Aug. 19 in a pair of exhibition matches at Dacotah Field before hosting North Dakota on Aug. 22 for their regular season home opener.
NDSU will then face Presentation College on Aug. 24 to close out its season-opening four-match home stand.
After a two-match road trip to Air Force and Northern Colorado Aug. 29-31, the Bison return home on Sept. 7, hosting the Cyclones of Iowa State at Dacotah Field.
NDSU will finish its non-conference slate with matches at Maine and Holy Cross, Sept. 12-14, and SIU Edwardsville and Drake, Sept. 19-21.
"I think the highlight of this year's home schedule is not only our opener against in state rival North Dakota, but we get a chance to welcome Iowa State from the Big 12 to Dacotah Field," Cook said. "As we continue to look to raise our national profile it's exciting to face teams from the Mountain West, Big 12, America East and Patriot League."
North Dakota State opens the 2014 Summit League slate at home, hosting Western Illinois and IUPUI Oct. 3-5.
The Bison also welcome South Dakota State to Dacotah Field on Oct. 17 along with defending league champion and NCAA tournament participant Denver a week later on Oct. 24 in the final home match of the regular season.
NDSU will play league road matches at Omaha (Oct. 10), South Dakota (Oct. 12), Fort Wayne (Oct. 19) and Oral Roberts (Oct. 31).
NDSU finished the 2013 season with an overall record of 9-10, finishing third in The Summit League to earn its fifth straight bid to the league's postseason tournament. The Bison defeated South Dakota State in the semifinal round of the tournament before falling to Denver in the championship match.