A slate of 11 home contests, including three on the turf at Aggie Stadium, and a trip to Ohio for a two-day tournament are the highlight of the UC Davis men’s soccer team’s 20-match 2014 schedule, announced Wednesday by coach Dwayne Shaffer.
A season after taking on six eventual NCAA Tournament participants, and posting a 3-3-2 mark against that group — which included four teams in the top 25 — the Aggies return to the field against four of those teams again this fall. UCD hosts Loyola Marymount (Sept. 5), has a Big West Conference North Division home-and-home against rival UC Santa Barbara (Oct. 18 at home and Oct. 29), and travels to take on league rivals UC Irvine (Oct. 9) and Cal State Northridge (Oct. 11).
The Aggies return their top five scorers off of a 2013 squad that finished 9-9-3 overall and 4-4-2 in conference play. They open the campaign at home with an exhibition against Chico State on Aug. 24 (noon) before officially lifting the lid on their schedule with a trip to the Bert & Iris Wolstein Classic starting Aug. 29.
From there, UCD is back home for seven of its next nine matches, a stretch that includes the three Aggie Stadium games. One of those outings, Oct. 2 under the lights against Cal State Fullerton, kicks off the Aggies’ Big West slate.
The conference tournament begins Nov. 8 at home sites.