May 14, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's soccer team announced its 2014 slate today (Wednesday, May 14). The Wolverines, led by 2013 Big Ten Midfielder of the Year Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./St. John's), will host a 13-match home slate that features seven top-50 RPI teams from a year ago and eight sides that earned berths into the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
U-M begins its campaign at home on Friday, Aug. 29, at 4 p.m. against FIU and will close out the opening weekend of the season on Sunday, Aug. 31, against SMU at 2 p.m.
The 13 home matchups are highlighted by contests against perennial power and newly minted Big Ten member Maryland on Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. Following the contest against the Terrapins, U-M will open Big Ten road play at Northwestern on Sunday, Sept. 21, before returning home to host Penn State on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. from U-M Soccer Complex as well as Western Michigan on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m.
Following a road match against Wisconsin on Oct. 4, U-M will return home to host the defending NCAA champion Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. After the tilt with the Irish, the Wolverines hit the road for matchups against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J., on Saturday, Oct. 11, and at Akron on Oct. 14 before returning home for three straight matchups, against Detroit (Oct. 21), Indiana (Oct. 29) and Oakland (Oct. 29).
The Battle for Big Bear against Michigan State will take place in East Lansing on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m. U-M will then close out the 2014 regular-season campaign on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. against Ohio State.
The Big Ten Tournament will take place Nov. 8-16 at a location to be determined.
The Maize and Blue is coming off a season with an overall record of 8-7-3. In individual accolades, Arnone made history as the first recipient of the Big Ten Midfielder of the Year award and became the fourth Wolverine to earn back-to-back first team All-Big Ten accolades in program history. In addition to Arnone's prowess, defenders Lars Eckenrode (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) and Rylee Woods(Jamestown, Ohio/Greeneview) each earned spots on the Big Ten All-Freshman team.
U-M also boasts the No. 2 recruiting class in the country, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com and College Soccer News, which includes a trio of consensus top-25 recruits in Ahinga Selemani (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), Evan Louro (Holmdel, N.J./St. John Vianney) and Nathan Kohl (Hillard, Ohio/Hillard Darby).
Ticket Information: For season tickets, visit MGoBlue.com/tickets.
Summer Camps: The Michigan Boys Soccer Camps will commence on June 16 with its Commuter Camp, followed by a residential camp from July 10-14, while the Prospect Camp will be held July 18-20. The 'Meet the Team'camp will be held August 3-5. For more information or to register online, visit MGoBlue.com/camps.
Contact: Scott Kemps