May 8, 2014
By Craig Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Head Coach Bill Hempen and the Colorado State women’s soccer program announced its 2014 schedule on Wednesday afternoon.
Hempen also announced that the team will be playing its 2014 home matches on the Colorado State campus instead of the Fort Collins Soccer Complex, a move that he said was exciting for his program.
“The players are excited about that opportunity, and it is a complete step in the right direction with the full blessing of the Fort Collins Soccer Club because they know how important it is for a college team to play on its college campus,” Hempen said. “This is a great step forward for our program, and I see it as an option for students to come support another CSU program that we hope they can be proud of and get behind.”
Playing in just its second season ever, Colorado State is not backing away from some of the premier competition in the sport. The Rams will take on member institutions from the Pac 12, Big 10 and the American Athletic conferences.
“This is a bit more challenging for us this year,” Hempen said. “We are still in search of our first home win, and I think we’ve given ourselves more chances to get that this year.”
Colorado State opens up its schedule on Aug. 22 with a neutral match against in-state foe Colorado as part of the Colorado Cup. The following week, the Rams will continue the Colorado Cup when they return home to play Northern Colorado on Aug. 28 in their 2014 home opener.
This marks the first year that CSU is participating in the Colorado Cup. The Rams will also take on Air Force and Mountain West-newcomer Colorado College as part of the Colorado Cup. Because conference games against Air Force and Colorado College count, the Colorado Cup won’t be decided until the last day of the season when Air Force and Colorado College square off against each other.
“The Colorado Cup was something that started a few years ago,” Hempen said. “It’s a traveling trophy that has each of the schools engraved on it, and it’s kind of a celebration of Division I soccer in the state.”
Following its home match against UNC, CSU will stay at home for four-consecutive home matches against Portland State (Sept. 5), Iowa (Sept. 7), Southern Methodist (Sept. 12) and College of Charleston (Sept. 14).
The Rams will conclude their non-conference portion of the schedule on the road in the Montana Invitational where the team will take on Montana and Eastern Washington.
With the addition of Colorado College to the 12-team Mountain West, CSU will play each team once as part of an 11-game conference schedule.
Colorado State opens up its conference schedule with a pair of home matches against UNLV and Nevada. After road matches at Boise State and Utah State, the Rams will once again return home to play in-state foes Air Force and Colorado College.
“Colorado College has a very good team, and we are excited that they are in the Mountain West now,” Hempen said. “I look forward to the opportunity of building a rivalry with them.”
The Rams will then take to the road for their longest road trip of the season when they take on San José State, Fresno State and New Mexico. Colorado State’s home finale will take place on Oct. 26, when the Rams host perennial Mountain West power San Diego State. The Aztecs have won each of the last three Mountain West titles.
CSU will close out its regular season with a trip north to Laramie to take on Border War rival Wyoming on Oct. 31. In total, Colorado State’s conference schedule consists of five home matches and six away matches this year.
For qualifying teams, the 2014 Mountain West Tournament will take place in San Diego, Calif. and will run from Nov. 4-8.
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