Cedergren Announces 2014 Men's Soccer Schedule

June 27, 2014

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Kentucky men’s soccer team will face off with eight 2013 NCAA Tournament Teams, including the defending national champion Notre Dame, and will host 10 games during the inaugural season of the Wendell & Vicki Bell Soccer Complex, it was announced by third-year UK head coach Johan Cedergren on Tuesday morning.

“We really wanted to build a challenging schedule for the 2014 season,” Cedergren said. “With eight NCAA Tournament Teams and the defending national champ, we feel like this schedule is going to be one of the best in the nation. Conference USA is continually developing into one of the top leagues in the nation and our early non-conference slate will help get us ready for C-USA play.”

Kentucky will open its 2014 season with a pair of exhibition games, including making its annual trip to Northern Kentucky to face off with the Norse in an electric environment. After hosting Georgia State in the final tune-up of the preseason and traveling to Wright State for the season opener. UK will open a new era in program history by starting the home schedule in the Bell Soccer Complex with Belmont on Aug. 31.

UK will host a total of 10 games at the sparkling new Bell Complex, including 2013 NCAA Tournament foes East Tennessee State, Louisville, Old Dominion, New Mexico and Charlotte.

“Big Blue Nation is really going to enjoy the home schedule we have put together for our debut season at the Wendell & Vicki Bell Complex,” Cedergren said. “This is one of the nation’s best facilities and we are looking forward to showcasing it to our fans and 2014 opponents.”

UK’s non-conference schedule is highlighted by the matchup with in-state rival Louisville on Sept. 23. UK will also play two challenging tests in the Notre Dame Tournament Sept. 5-7 in South Bend, Ind., facing off with Indiana, the 2012 NCAA Champion, before facing Notre Dame – the 2013 NCAA Champion – to conclude the weekend.

Northern Kentucky Northern Kentucky Norse
Sunday, Aug. 17, 7 p.m. ET in Highland Heights, Ky.
• 2013 Record: 9-4-6, 5-2-1 A-Sun
• Series vs. NKU: 0-0
• Last 5 meetings: 0-0
• Last meeting: Tyler Riggs nets goal in exhibition opener in 2013 at NKU. (Recap/Box)
• Final 2013 NCAA RPI: No. 169

Georgia State Georgia State Panthers
Saturday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m. ET in Lexington, Ky.
• 2013 Record: 9-9-1
• Series vs. GSU: UK leads, 1-0
• Last 5 meetings: UK leads, 1-0
• Last meeting: UK won 1-0 in the 2013 season opener in Lexington behind Brad Doliner’s first career goal. (Recap/Box)
• Final 2013 NCAA RPI: No. 86

Wright State Wright State Raiders
Friday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m. ET in Dayton, Ohio
• 2013 Record: 6-11-2, 3-4 Horizon
• Series vs. WSU: UK trails, 1-2-3
• Last 5 meetings: 1-1-3
• Last meeting: Tied 2-2 in the 2013 regular-season finale, after home opener was rescheduled due to a power outage. (Recap/Box)
• Final 2013 NCAA RPI: No. 157

Belmont Belmont Bruins
Sunday, Aug. 31, 7 p.m. ET in Lexington, Ky.
• 2013 Record: 6-10-2
• Series vs. Belmont: UK leads, 3-1
• Last 5 meetings: UK leads 3-1
• Last meeting: UK won, 3-0 in 2006 in Lexington. (Recap)

Indiana Indiana Hoosiers
Friday, Sept. 5, 5 p.m. ET in South Bend, Ind.
• 2013 Record: 8-12, 2-4 B1G [NCAA TOURNAMENT]
• Series vs. IU: UK trails 1-17-3
• Last 5 meetings: UK trails 0-3-2
• Last meeting: IU won, 4-1 in 2012 in Lexington. (Recap/Box)
• Final 2013 NCAA RPI: No. 44

Notre Dame Notre Dame Irish
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2 p.m. ET in South Bend, Ind.
• 2013 Record: 17-1-6, 7-1-3 ACC [NATIONAL CHAMPIONS]
• Series vs. ND: UK trails 0-2
• Last 5 meetings: UK trails 0-2
• Last meeting: UK lost in 1992 in Lexington, 2-0.
• Final 2013 NCAA RPI: No. 1

East Tennessee State East Tennessee State Buccaneers
Saturday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m. ET in Lexington, Ky.
• 2013 Record: 10-6-4, 5-2-1 A-Sun [NCAA TOURNAMENT]
• Series vs. ETSU: Series tied, 1-1
• Last 5 meetings: Series tied, 1-1
• Last meeting: ETSU won, 1-0 in UK’s road opener. (Recap/Box)
• Final 2013 NCAA RPI: No. 72

Xavier Xavier Musketeers
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m. ET in Lexington, Ky.
• 2013 Record: 10-7-2, 6-3 Big East
• Series vs. XU: UK leads, 6-5
• Last 5 meetings: UK trails, 1-4
• Last meeting: Xavier won 2-1 in Cincinnati in 2013. (Recap/Box)
• Final 2013 NCAA RPI: No. 46

Furman Furman Paladins
Friday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m. ET in Lexington, Ky.
• 2013 Record: 11-5-2, 2-2-2 Southern Conference
• Series vs. FU: UK leads, 1-0
• Last 5 meetings: UK leads, 1-0
• Last meeting: UK won, 1-0, in 2001 in a neutral site meeting. (Recap/Box)
• Final 2013 NCAA RPI: No. 42

Louisville Louisville Cardinals
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m. ET in Lexington, Ky.
• 2013 Record: 11-5-4, 5-1-2 ACC [NCAA TOURNAMENT]
• Series vs. UL: UK leads 10-5-4
• Last 5 meetings: UK trails 1-3-1
• Last meeting: UK won, 1-0 behind Matt Lodge’s free-kick goal in 2012 in Louisville.
(Recap/Box/Cat Scratches)
• Final 2013 NCAA RPI: No. 33

Florida Atlantic Florida Atlantic Owls
Saturday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. ET in Boca Raton, Fla.
• 2013 Record: 7-7-2, 1-7-1 C-USA
• Series vs. FAU: UK leads, 1-0
• Last 5 meetings: UK leads, 1-0
• Last meeting: Tyler Riggs’ hat trick leads to 6-1 win over FIU in 2013. (Recap/Box)
• Final 2013 NCAA RPI: No. 125

Old Dominion Old Dominion Monarchs
Friday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m. ET in Lexington, Ky.
• 2013 Record: 11-6-1, 7-2 C-USA [NCAA TOURNAMENT]
• Series vs. ODU: UK leads, 2-0
• Last 5 meetings: UK leads, 2-0
• Last meeting: UK won 1-0 in overtime in the 2013 C-USA Tournament quarterfinals. (Recap/Box)
• Final 2013 NCAA RPI: No. 26

UAB UAB Blazers
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m. ET in Birmingham, Ala.
• 2013 Record: 11-6-1, 7-2 C-USA
• Series vs. UAB: Series tied, 5-5-1
• Last 5 meetings: UK trails, 1-4
• Last meeting: UK lost at No. 14 UAB, 2-1 in 2013. (Recap/Box)
• Final 2013 NCAA RPI: No. 35

Marshall Marshall Thundering Herd
Sunday, Oct. 12, 3 p.m. ET in Lexington, Ky.
• 2013 Record: 2-11-6, 0-6-3 C-USA
• Series vs. MU:  UK leads 16-7-3
• Last 5 meetings: UK leads, 3-2
• Last meeting: UK won, 2-0 in 2013 in Huntington, W.Va. (Recap/Box)
• Final 2013 NCAA RPI: No. 171

Evansville Evansville Purple Aces
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 8:30 p.m. ET in Evansville, Ind.
• 2013 Record: 10-8-1, 2-4 MVC
• Series vs. UE: UK trails, 3-4
• Last 5 meetings: UK leads, 3-2
• Last meeting: Evansville won, 2-1 in Lexington in 2013. (Recap/Box)
• Final 2013 NCAA RPI: No. 102

New Mexico New Mexico Lobos
Saturday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. ET in Lexington, Ky.
• 2013 Record: 14-6-2, 7-1-1 C-USA [NCAA TOURNAMENT]
• Series vs. UNM: UK trails, 1-0
• Last 5 meetings: UK trails, 1-0
• Last meeting: UNM won, 2-0 in the 2013 regular-season finale in Albuquerque. (Recap/Box)
• Final 2013 NCAA RPI: No. 5

South Carolina South Carolina Gamecocks
Saturday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. ET in Columbia, S.C.
• 2013 Record: 7-7-5, 4-2-3 C-USA
• Series vs. USC: UK trails, 4-5-2
• Last 5 meetings: Series tied, 2-1-2
• Last meeting: UK tied South Carolina, 0-0 in 2013. (Recap/Box)
• Final 2013 NCAA RPI: No. 65

Ohio State Ohio State Buckeyes
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. ET in Columbus, Ohio
• 2013 Record: 5-8-5, 1-3-2 B1G
• Series vs. OSU: UK trails, 3-4-3
• Last 5 meetings: Series tied, 1-1-3
• Last meeting: UK tied OSU in 2005 in Columbus. (Recap)
• Final 2013 NCAA RPI: No. 90

Florida International Florida International Panthers
Saturday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m. ET in Miami
• 2013 Record: 6-10-1, 2-6-1 C-USA
• Series vs. FIU: UK leads, 6-3-1
• Last 5 meetings: UK leads, 3-2
• Last meeting: FIU won, 4-1 in 2013 in Lexington. (Recap/Box)
• Final 2013 NCAA RPI: No. 113

Charlotte Charlotte 49ers
Friday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. ET in Lexington, Ky.
• 2013 Record: 12-6-3, 4-3-2 C-USA [NCAA TOURNAMENT]
• Series vs. CU: UK trails, 0-3
• Last 5 meetings: UK trails, 0-3
• Last meeting: UK lost in 2013 C-USA Tournament semifinals, 1-0. (Recap/Box)
• Final 2013 NCAA RPI: No. 18