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    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Tim Lenahan leads the Wildcats in Northwestern's 35th season of men's soccer kicking off August 16.
    Tim Lenahan leads the Wildcats in Northwestern's 35th season of men's soccer kicking off August 16.

    June 12, 2014

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    EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern men’s soccer coach Tim Lenahan announced today (June 12) the Wildcats 2014 season schedule, which is set to mark the 35th season of NU varsity soccer.

    Northwestern begins its competition with three exhibition contests  in New Jersey. NU begins on Sat., August 16 vs. the South Jersey All-Stars in Stockton, N.J. before facing Fairleigh Dickinson in Hackensack, N.J. The ‘Cats hold a 1-0 all-time record against FDU. Northwestern concludes its exhibition slate back in Stockton N.J. to face 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifier St. Johns on Sat. August 23. 

    “As usual we have challenged ourselves to a difficult schedule,” head coach Tim Lenahan said. “This is a year for our bi-annual trip to Ocean City, N.J. for preseason. We’re all excited about getting to play FDU and St. Johns in the preseason while training at the beach town of Ocean City, NJ.”

    Northwestern kicks off its 35th season of men’s soccer on August 16 and begins the regular season with the Sheraton Chicago Lakeside Classic from August 29-31. Click here for an infographic previewing the ‘Cats upcoming season which is also available below:

    The ‘Cats begin their 35th regular season at home with the Sheraton Chicago-Northbrook Lakeside Classic in Evanston from August 29 to August 31. On Friday, NU faces NCAA Tournament qualifier Quinnipiac in the first meeting between the schools. On Sunday, NU faces Hofstra at 1:30 p.m. at Lakeside Field. NU has gone 1-0 all-time against Hofstra. 

    After August, NU travels to Santa Barbara in September, facing UC-Santa Barbara on September 5 at 5 p.m. and Cal State-Fullerton on Sunday at 10 a.m.

    “The out of conference schedule with perennial East Coast mid-major powers Hofstra and Quinnipiac and then a tough trip to Santa Barbara to play UCSB and Cal-Fullerton kickoff the season, Lenahan said. “Then we head into a new and improved Big Ten slate. The addition of Maryland and Rutgers makes the Big Ten arguably the toughest conference in the nation.”

    A challenging Big Ten slate starts early when NU makes its conference road opener against the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus on Sun. Sept. Last season Northwestern was one of five Big Ten teams to reach the NCAA Tournament, making the fourth time in six years the conference has had at least five invitees.

    NU returns home with three consecutive games at Lakeside Field from September 17 to the 24th, facing Valparaiso, Big Ten foe Michigan and city rival DePaul. Wildcats assistant coach Jeff Oleck spent four seasons coaching his alma mater Valpo before joining the ‘Cats in 2013. The September 17 contest marks Oleck’s first match against his former school. 

    The ‘Cats travel to Bloomington, Ind., to face the Hoosiers on September 28. Indiana is coming off a 2013 Big Ten Tournament title and trip to the NCAA Tournament after winning the NCAA Title in 2012.

    On Sunday, October 5, Northwestern makes Big Ten Conference history with its first matchup against Maryland. The Terrapins join the conference this season after reaching the NCAA title game in 2013 and finishing as the nation’s runner up.

    Against Maryland, the Wildcats will honor the 2004 Northwestern men's soccer team, which was the first team in school history to reach the NCAA Touranemtn and set a school record with 15 wins. 

    A tough five-game road stretch awaits the ‘Cats in October with NU traveling to DeKalb, Ill. against Northern Illinois before taking on defending NCAA Champion Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. on October 14. The ‘Cats have had success with the Irish years past not losing a match and going 3-0-3 since 2000.

    NU then faces Michigan State on the road who finished the ranked No. 7 in 2013 before coming back to Illinois to face city rival Loyola in Rogers Park on October 29.

    “Throw in the local derbies versus DePaul, Loyola, Valpo, NIU and of course the defending national champion, Notre Dame, and you have a very solid schedule,” Lenahan said. “We will have an experienced and veteran group next year with some very promising newcomers so I think we will be up for the challenge."

    The ‘Cats close out their regular season with two tough Big Ten home matches to teams which reached the NCAA Tournament last season. Big Ten Regular Season champ Penn State visit Lakeside Field on November 2 and Wisconsin comes to town in the home finale on November 5 in a rematch of the 2013 Big Ten Tournament match.

    The 2011 and 2012 Big Ten Regular Season champions and 2011 Big Ten Tournament champions Northwestern will look to take home more conference hardware at the Big Ten Tournament from November 8 to 16.

    NU is coming off its eighth appearance in the NCAA Tournament over the past 10 seasons. With returning All-Big Ten selections Nikko Boxall and Joey Calistri, the Big Ten’s goals and points leader in 2013, the Wildcats posted their 11th consecutive winning season in 2013, the longest active streak in the Big Ten Conference. Head coach Tim Lenahan enters his 14th season at the helm of the Wildcats and 26th overall. 

    2014 Northwestern Men’s Soccer Schedule

    Exhibition Schedule
    Sat. August 16 – vs. South Jersey All-Stars (at Richard Stockton College, Pomona, N.J.), 6 p.m.
    Tues. August 19 – vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (Hackensack, N.J.), 11 a.m.
    Fri. August 22 – vs. St. Johns (at Richard Stockton College, Pomona, N.J.), 6:30 p.m.

    Regular Season

    Sheraton Chicago-Northbrook Lakeside Classic 
    SUN. AUGUST 31 – VS. HOFSTRA, 1:30 P.M.

    Fri. September 5 – at UC Santa Barbara, 5 p.m.
    Sun. September 7 – vs. Cal State Fullerton (at Santa Barbara, Calif.), 10 a.m.
    Sun. September 14 – at Ohio State,* TBD
    WED. SEPTEMBER 24 – VS. DePAUL, 7 P.M.
    Sun. September 28 – at Indiana,* 1:30 p.m.
    Wed. October 8 – at Northern Illinois, 7 p.m.
    Tues. October 14 - at Notre Dame, 6 p.m.
    Sat. October 18 – at Rutgers,* 6 p.m.
    Sun. October 26 – at Michigan State,* 1 p.m.
    Wed. October 29 – at Loyola, 7 p.m.

    Big Ten Tournament
    Sat. November 8 – Big Ten Tournament
    Sun. November 9 – Big Ten Quarterfinals
    Fri. November 14 – Big Ten Semifinals
    Sun. November 16 – Big Ten Championship 

    *Indicates Big Ten Conference Match
    All Times Central
    Dates and Times Subject to Change



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