Point Park men's soccer schedule features seven games at Highmark Stadium
July 15, 2014 at 2:45 p.m. ET
Point Park University men's soccer players pictured above prior to the kickoff of the 2013 KIAC/GCAC Tournament Finals versus Asbury (Ky.) at Highmark Stadium on Nov. 9, 2013. Photo by Evan Schall.
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University men's soccer 2014 schedule is highlighted by seven home games at Highmark Stadium, one of the best home venues for any school in the NAIA.
The Pioneers have 17 games on the 2014 slate with the home opener being Thursday, Sept. 4 versus Wheeling Jesuit for a primetime game at 7 p.m. Point Park opens the season Sept. 2 at Penn State-York. It will be the second year that Point Park's home venue will be Highmark Stadium.
"We have a challenging schedule with 10 away games and seven at home," said Pioneers eighth-year head coach Jeroen Walstra, who returns 8 of 11 starters from last year's team that went 12-7-1 to win a conference championship and reach the NAIA national tournament for the second year in a row.
"We will play against a good mix of NAIA, NCAA DII an NCAA DIII teams. Our goal is to get ranked nationally and secure national tournament play. Rio Grande (Ohio) will be the favorite to win the conference title this year. However, by improving our defense, we may have a shot at another conference title."
Highlights of the schedule are four games within the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference -- which Point Park has been the champion of the last two years -- with two at home and two on the road.
The home conference schedule features a date versus national power and KIAC newcomer Rio Grande (Ohio), which ended last year No. 7 in the NAIA Top 25 Poll, on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 12 p.m. Point Park met Rio Grande last year in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round and narrowly lost, 2-1, to the Red Storm, then ranked No. 2 in the nation. Rio Grande is a former member of the American Mideast Conference along with Point Park.
Point Park's other conference home game is Saturday, Oct. 4 versus Cincinnati Christian at 2:30 p.m. The Pioneers go on the road for their final two KIAC games Oct. 18 at Brescia (Ky.) and Nov. 1 at Asbury (Ky.) for a rematch of the last two KIAC Tournament championship games, both won by Point Park.
The home schedule also includes an NAIA, non-conference game versus Northwestern Ohio (Sept. 13) and matchups with NCAA Division III opponents Geneva (Sept. 18) and Washington & Jefferson (Oct. 15). The final home game of the season is Oct. 25 versus Penn State-Beaver.
Point Park has a tough road schedule of 10 games that includes NAIA schools Mt. Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) (Sept. 6), West Virginia Tech (Sept. 16), Shawnee State (Ohio) (Oct. 11) and St. Catherine (Ky.) (Oct. 17).
Other road games are at NCAA Division II Salem International (Oct. 28) and at NCAA Division III Waynesburg (Sept. 9) and Grove City (Oct. 21).
Admission is free for all Point Park men's soccer regular season home games at Highmark Stadium, and no tickets are required. Postseason games hosted by Point Park will have tickets sold at the gate.
The KIAC/GCAC Unaffiliated Tournament dates will be announced at a later date with the first round hosted by the higher seed and the semifinals and finals at pre-determined host site Asbury (Ky.) University.
The past two years, the playoff games were hosted by the higher seed all the way through to the finals. But the KIAC has adopted the format of sending the final four teams to one location of a member institution that is predetermined.
For the complete Point Park University men's soccer 2014 schedule, click the link at the top of the page.
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