Aug. 28, 2014
Men's Soccer Composite Schedule
NEW YORK - Though it's been several weeks since student-athletes have been back on campus for practices and scrimmages, the official start of the 2014 men's soccer season comes Friday with all 10 BIG EAST teams playing their first regular-season contests.
Runner-Up Lifts the Lid
After finishing seventh in the 2013 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll, Providence surprised by advancing to the championship game of the BIG EAST Tournament. Though the Friars fell 3-2 to Marquette, they still earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the second round. This year PC has the honor of officially kicking off the 2014 season when it's the first to hit the pitch with Friday's 3 p.m. start at in-state foe Bryant.
A Challenging Weekend
BIG EAST teams are challenging themselves right from the start this weekend. No. 12 Marquette will take on NSCAA/Continental Tire Preseason No. 1 and defending NCAA national champion Notre Dame Friday at 5 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind., as part of the adidas/Credit Union Classic hosted by Indiana. Ninth-ranked Georgetown will take on the host Hoosiers in the nightcap at 8 p.m., while Creighton welcomes No. 20 Stanford for an 8 p.m. kickoff. The Hoyas will take a crack at Notre Dame in Sunday's early game at 11:30 a.m., while later in the day MU battles Indiana, Xavier travels to 21st-ranked Wisconsin and St. John's goes to No. 15 Penn State. This season BIG EAST teams have 23 non-league matchups against 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifiers.
The March to Conference Play
It will be here before you know it, but BIG EAST play in men's soccer begins with five matches on Saturday, Sept. 27, which is slightly more than four weeks away. BIG EAST teams will look to build momentum and potential postseason resumes as the end of September approaches.
A pair of BIG EAST teams checked into the NSCAA/Continental Tire Preseason Top 25 announced earlier this month. Georgetown was ranked ninth and Marquette came in at No. 12. Two other teams - Creighton and St. John's - received votes but finished outside the top 25.
Hoyas, Golden Eagles Named Co-Favorites
If the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll is any indication, there's going to be a repeat of last year and a great race at the top of the standings. Georgetown and Marquette, which shared last season's BIG EAST regular-season crown, tied atop the preseason poll with 75 points. Creighton was picked third with 63 points, with St. John's and Providence rounding out the top five, and Butler, Xavier, Villanova, Seton Hall and DePaul ranking No. 6-10.
This weekend also marks the start of play for the BIG EAST's four members of the Hermann Trophy Watch List. Georgetown's Brandon Allen and Joshua Yaro, Marquette's C. Nortey and St. John's Tim Parker are slated to take the field in Friday's season openers. Awarded annually by the Missouri Athletic Club, the Hermann Trophy is presented to the top male and female collegiate soccer players after the conclusion of the season.