NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The CSUN women's soccer program will play a total of nine of their 19 matches at Matador Soccer Field in the upcoming 2014 season, head coach Keith West announced. The Matadors will play a highly competitive non-conference schedule to prepare for the trials and tribulations of Big West Conference action.
"I especially like our schedule this season because it's challenging," West said. "Playing on the road against programs like Michigan, Utah, Kansas and Missouri should offer great opportunities for our squad to test their mettle early in the season."
With a squad featuring four seniors, the Matadors will open on the road for their first three contests of 2014. The season opener sends CSUN to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face the Michigan Wolverines at 7:30 p.m. (CT) on Friday, Aug. 22. Two days later, CSUN continues its tour of the midwest with a match at Toledo at 1 p.m. (CT).
The third road fixture to open the season for CSUN pits the Matadors against the the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. (MT). The Matadors faced four Pac-12 opponents in 2013 and recorded a victory over Oregon State, giving the squad wins against the conference for the second-straight year.
CSUN's 2014 home opener brings the Gonzaga Bulldogs of the West Coast Conference to the San Fernando Valley for a 7 p.m. contest on Friday, Sept. 5. Two days later, CSUN faces another WCC foe in San Diego at 5 p.m.
After facing the Toreros, the Matadors return to the midwest for contests at Kansas (Sept. 12) and Missouri (Sept. 14). CSUN is 1-0 in the all-time series with the Jayhawks and its meeting with the Tigers will be just the program's second match ever against a Southeastern Conference opponent.
CSUN hosts a three-game homestand in the middle of September, facing Arizona State (Sept. 19), Weber State (Sept. 21) and Santa Clara (Sept. 26). The Matadors and Sun Devils will meet for the third-straight year after splitting the previous two contests.
The Matadors close out the non-conference portion of their schedule with a visit to LMU on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m.
October brings about Big West play for the Matadors. CSUN will host three conference matches during the month: UC Riverside (Oct. 12), UC Davis (Oct. 16) and Cal State Fullerton (Oct. 19).
"No one associated with this program was happy with the form we showed in league play last year. We are hungry to prove our worth and show that last year was the exception, not the rule," West added.