Georgia's leading goal scorer from 2013, Marion Crowder, returns as a sophomore.
June 16, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia soccer team on Monday released its schedule for the upcoming 2014 campaign – a slate highlighted by eight games against 2013 NCAA Tournament participants, nine home contests at the UGA Soccer Stadium, and the first live event in the history of the brand new SEC Network.
“We feel really good about our fall 2014 schedule and are excited to get underway,” said fifth-year head coach Steve Holeman. “Kicking off the regular season with an SEC match is an incredible opportunity for us as we get to be a part of history by launching the SEC Network. The SEC will be one of the top soccer conferences in the country once again, and we look forward to the challenges throughout the season.”
Georgia will play 11 Southeastern Conference games in 2014, missing Arkansas and Auburn during the regular season. The Bulldogs also get the rare opportunity to open the season against a conference foe – taking on Ole Miss on Aug. 22 in Oxford in the first ever SEC Network event. The squad’s preseason exhibitions will come on the road against Clemson (Aug. 10) and at home versus Auburn (Aug. 16).
Following the date with the Rebels, the Bulldogs will return home to face UNC Greensboro to complete the opening weekend, before traveling for a West Coast trip to take on Long Beach State and Cal State-Fullerton Aug. 29-31. Georgia’s other non-conference match-ups for 2014 include Houston, UCF, and Mercer in Athens in addition to Furman on the road.
Georgia’s return to SEC action comes Sun., Sept. 21 vs. Vanderbilt at home – the team’s other SEC Network game set for 3 p.m. The remainder of the home conference slate includes Tennessee, Missouri, LSU, and Kentucky, while Georgia will travel to Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Alabama, and Texas A&M this season.
The 2014 SEC Championships is set for Nov. 3-9 at the tournament’s neutral-site home – the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 12-7-1 (5-5-1) campaign in 2013, including a trip to the SEC Tournament quarterfinals. Georgia returns its leading goal scorer from a year ago in rising sophomore Marion Crowder (11g, 1a, 23p). In addition, Holeman welcomes a 12-player incoming class ranked No. 10 in the nation and No. 3 in the SEC by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
The full 2014 schedule is attached in PDF format. Times listed are Eastern and subject to change.