Sacred Heart University women's soccer coach Kim Banner announced the Pioneers 2014 slate this afternoon. The Pioneer schedule is 19-matches long, with 10 home contests and an eight-game Northeast Conference slate.
"We have put together a diverse and challenge non-conference schedule that I think will have us prepared to play at a high-level as we enter NEC play," said Banner. "As always, NEC games will be competitive and I am excited about the opportunities that we have before us this season."
The Pioneers open the 2014 campaign at home on August 22 when Delaware State visits for a 7 pm contest on Campus Field. A week later SHU travels to Iona before returning home on August 31 to take on Saint Peter's University at 1 p.m.
Sacred Heart plays five matches in 10 days beginning at Columbia on September 5. The two home contests in the stretch are consecutive dates, with Rhode Island visiting on September 7 and Yale on September 12. The Pioneers travel to New Haven to take part in the Yale Tournament, playing Manhattan on September 12 and Western Kentucky on September 14, to close out the busy stretch.
The final three non-conference games come in the last 10 days of September, with two matches at home. The Pioneers host Hartford on September 21 and Dartmouth on September 30, sandwiched around a September 24 trip to Brown.
Sacred Heart begins Northeast Conference play at home on October 5 when Bryant visits for a 1 p.m. contest. Four of the team's next five matches come on the road, beginning October 10 at LIU-Brooklyn. The lone home game in the stretch comes on October 12 versus Saint Francis University, before the Pioneers head to Central Connecticut State on October 27 and Fairleigh Dickinson and Mount St. Mary's October 24 and 26 respectively. The 2014 regular season closes with a pair of home matches. Sacred Heart welcomes Robert Morris for a Halloween evening contest and closes the campaign versus Wagner College at noon on November 2.
The top-four teams from the NEC regular season standings advance to the NEC Championship, November 7-9. The top-seed will host the championship, with the winner earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Sacred Heart plays its home games on Campus Field, located directly behind the William H. Pitt Center on its Fairfield Campus.