BOULDER – The 2014 University of Colorado soccer schedule will feature 13 home games and three tournaments, head coach Danny Sanchez announced Wednesday.
The schedule also includes seven road games and five matches against opponents who received votes or ranked in the top 25 of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Final Post-Season poll.
In its third year, the Pac-12 Networks will air 69 women’s soccer games, including nine of the Buffaloes’ matchups. Women’s soccer is the marquee event on the Networks’ telecast schedule Friday and Sunday afternoons during the fall with additional primetime matchups on Monday and Thursday.
The Buffs kick off their season with the fourth annual Colorado Cup. This year’s Cup will see a few changes, with the inclusion of Colorado State, who added women’s soccer last season. CU will play all three of its Cup matches at Prentup Field. Colorado will open the tournament against CSU on Friday, August 22 and continue play against UNC on Sunday, August 24. Both games will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.
CU next makes a trip to Las Vegas for the UNLV Invitational. The Buffs begin the trip against host team UNLV, whom the Buffs defeated 3-1 in the 2013 Omni Hotels Colorado Women’s Soccer Classic. The Buffs will then face a brand new opponent in Kent State on Friday, August 29.
The Buffs next return to Prentup for a six-game home stand. The Buffs begin the home streak on Friday, September 5 against former Big 12 rival Kansas. The two teams have not met since CU left in the Big 12 Conference after the 2010 season. The Buffs hold a 9-6-1 series advantage over the Jayhawks, winning in their last three meetings.
CU then takes on Detroit on Sunday, September 7. The teams have met just once prior, a resounding 3-0 home win for CU in 2005.
The Colorado Cup concludes on Friday, September 12, as the Buffs host last year’s tournament champion, Denver. The in-state rivals met twice last season, with the Buffs earning their first win over the Pioneers since 2010 with a 1-0 win in the first round of the NCAA Championship.
The Buffs conclude non-conference play against two fairly fresh faces in the Omni Classic. On Friday, September 19, CU will face another new opponent: Bryant. CU will take on San Francisco for the first time since 2008 (and just the fourth time overall) on Sunday, September 21.
CU ends its home stand as it opens Pac-12 Conference play, with a match-up against California on Saturday, September 27.
The Buffs then head west for five conference games. The trip begins in Los Angeles, with CU taking on USC on Friday, October 3 and reigning NCAA Champions UCLA on Sunday, October 5. The Buffs then head to the Northwest for games against Oregon State and Oregon on October 10 and 12, respectively. CU takes its final trip of the season on Thursday, October 16 to face perennial Pac-12 threat Stanford.
The Buffs return to Boulder to conclude the regular season with five home games. First up, CU hosts Washington State on Friday, October 24 and Washington on Sunday, October 26. After travelling to Arizona for two consecutive seasons, Arizona State and Arizona will return to Prentup for the first time since 2011, the Buffs’ inaugural season in the Pac-12. The Buffs face the Sun Devils on Friday, October 31 and the Wildcats on Sunday, November 2.
Colorado concludes the regular season against conference rival Utah. The teams take the pitch on Friday, November 7.