Zwaschka Announces 2014 Soccer Schedule
July 14, 2014
FRESNO, Calif. - The 2014 Fresno State soccer schedule has been released by head coach Brian Zwaschka as the team prepares for kickoff weekend in late August when the `Dogs host Eastern Washington and Gonzaga at Bulldog Stadium.
On the 20-game schedule, Fresno State is set to host 10 home games this year. Entering the sixth season under Zwaschka, the 2013 Mountain West Coach of the Year, the Bulldogs look to build off of last season's second place MW finish.
"We have yet another exceptional challenge in our 2014 schedule," Zwaschka said. "We have been very selective in our non-conference segment because the preparation for Mountain West play is paramount. The last two seasons in the Mountain West have been very challenging and I feel that is increasing this year yet again."
In addition to visiting Iowa in late August, the Dogs` preseason competition remains close to home as they travel to and host competition within the region.
The last weekend in September will mark the start of the Bulldogs' third season in the Mountain West as they take on New Mexico and San Diego at home before hitting the road for two consecutive weekends to take on UNLV, Nevada, Boise State and Utah State.
"We know the travel we face is difficult so we will try to learn and become efficient in our early travel so we can be sharp and consistent as the season bears on," Zwaschka said. "We have a great mixture of competitive opponents who play a variety of systems and styles, so it will challenge our adaptability in the early stages which will again prepare us for conference play."
The `Dogs are set to end conference play by hosting four out of five of their final matches, and will conclude their season Oct. 31 at Bulldog Stadium against the San Jose State Spartans before preparing for the 2014 conference tournament.
"Seeing the final schedule go up makes it real for everyone to look forward to and I know everyone is excited to get going," says Zwaschka.