SEATTLE – The defending Pac-12 champs will be seen regularly on TV this season with 12 games broadcast by the Pac-12 Networks as announced Tuesday by the conference. The Dawgs will have three non-conference home matches on TV along with all but one of their conference games.
The Huskies are coming off a 16-2-4 season that included the conference championship and run to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. High expectations surround Washington in 2014 and they will be tested throughout a stout non-conference schedule and the always difficult Pac-12, which will once again be amongst the top conferences in the nation.
In all, the Dawgs scheduled four non-conference opponents that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season, while also facing each of California, Stanford and UCLA twice. That totals 10 of 18 games against NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago.
Washington opens the season by facing Indiana and Michigan State in Fort Wayne, Ind., for two exhibition games against tournament teams from a year ago. The Dawgs then return to the West Coast for for the opener, a road game in Spokane versus Gonzaga.
The Dawgs home opener will also be the first televised game in a rematch of the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Seattle U. In that game, 3,100 fans came out to the Husky Soccer Field to see the Dawgs win the derby matchup, 4-2. This year’s contest will feature the Pac-12 champs versus the WAC champs on September 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Washington will remain at home for two more contests that will be seen on the Pac-12 Networks against St. Mary’s and Connecticut. The Gaels finished 7-9-4 last season, while UConn made it all the way to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The UConn game will be a rematch of last year’s 0-0 draw where both teams were ranked in the top-10 nationally.
Washington will wrap up its home portion of the non-conference schedule on Sunday, September 14, at 1 p.m., when another NCAA team from last year Pennsylvania comes to town. The Quakers are the defending Ivy League champs and will be making their first-ever trip to Seattle.
The Dawgs will conclude the non-conference slate with three-straight road games, including a trip to Florida to face Florida Gulf Coast and South Florida. Washington had an impressive 5-0 win over FGCU in Seattle last year, but will face the Eagles in Fort Meyers this year. South Florida is the final NCAA team from 2013 of the non-conference schedule. Finally, Washington will travel to Portland on Saturday, September 27, at 7 p.m. to renew the rivalry with the Pilots.
For the conference season, the Dawgs open at home against California and Stanford, both tournament teams last year. Cal advanced to the quarterfinals, before falling to eventual national runner-up Maryland, while the Cardinal were eliminated by the Dawgs in the Round of 16.
The first Pac-12 road trip will be to Oregon State on Sunday, October 12, the place Washington clinched the conference title last year on the final day of the season. It will be followed by the always difficult trip to UCLA and San Diego State.
The second round of Pac-12 contests begins with Washington hosting the Bruins and Aztecs for TV games on October 23 and 26, followed by the Bay Area trip on November 7 and 9.
Washington will wrap up the regular season on Sunday, November 16, by welcoming the Oregon State Beavers.
Full 2014 Washington men’s soccer schedule is available HERE.