BOSTON, Mass.—Two-time defending Little East Conference Regular Season Champions UMass Boston women's soccer announced their 2014 schedule Tuesday afternoon.
The Beacons' 20-game schedule features some of the top teams in the New England area including home games against Tufts University and reigning Little East Conference Tournament Champion Keene State College and road trips against NCAA participant Colby-Sawyer College and Endicott College.
UMass Boston opens the season on the road on August 29, as they travel to Wellesley for a tilt against Babson College at 2 p.m.
The Beacons will begin their home slate of games on September 3, as 10th year head coach Amy Zombeck (94 wins) will look continue her push towards 100 career victories with a 4 p.m. start against Wesleyan University.
That weekend UMass Boston will travel to Schenectady, N.Y. for the Union College Women's Soccer Invitational. The four-team tournament will take place over three days and other participants include 2012 NCAA Tournament participant and host Union College and Wilkes University.
UMass Boston will return to New England for two more non-conference contests against Brandeis University (Sep. 13) and Colby-Sawyer College (Sep. 17), before opening Little East Conference play September 20 with a home game against the University of Southern Maine at 1 p.m.
After two more road tilts, the Beacons will begin their longest home-stand of the year with home tilts against Salem State University (Sep. 30), Eastern Connecticut State University (Oct. 4) and Wentworth Institute of Technology (Oct. 7). The Beacons' matchup against the Warriors on October 4 will be a rematch of the 2013 Little East Conference Semifinals, as Eastern Connecticut State was the only LEC team to defeat UMass Boston in 2013, with a pair of 1-0 victories.
UMass Boston will return to the road for a key two-game road trip from October 11-14, as they face Little East rival Western Connecticut State University on October 11 and then travel to take on 2013 Commonwealth Coast Conference champion Endicott College in the fifth-ever matchup between the two programs on the 14th.
The middle of the month will continue to provide plenty of tests for the Beacons as they come home to host LEC Tournament Champion Keene State College (Oct. 18) and Tufts University (Oct. 21). Keene State and Tufts are the lone two teams on the Beacons' schedule who were ranked in the NCAA Regional Rankings at the end of the 2013 regular season and both teams finished the year with nine or more wins.
UMass Boston will close out their non-conference slate with a road trip to Emmanuel College (October 23) and their final home game of the season on October 28 against reigning MASCAC Tournament Champion Bridgewater State University.
The Beacons will celebrate Senior Day Saturday October 25 against Plymouth State University at 1 p.m., before finishing the regular season a week later at Rhode Island College (Nov. 1).