Soccer announces schedule

Milwaukee Panthers head coach Kris Kelderman has set the schedule for the 2014 fall season, released today. A challenging schedule awaits the university, kicking off the regular season on August 29th against DePaul.

The usual suspects return, as the Milwaukee Cup returns to Valley Fields for the first time since the stadium got major upgrades to keep up with Milwaukee’s Engelmann Stadium. The match will be Wednesday, September 17th, kicking off two weeks of trophy matches. The LeWang Trophy match will be the only one taking place at Engelmann, with Northern Illinois traveling to Milwaukee on Tuesday, September 23rd. Milwaukee wraps up its trophy season by traveling to Green Bay for the Chancellor’s Cup on Wednesday, October 1st. In between the LeWang and Chancellor’s matches is the Horizon League season opener, with the Panthers hosting Cleveland State at Engelmann.

Milwaukee’s Panther Invitational will get underway for a record 40th season from September 5th through the 7th as Milwaukee and Marquette play host to Oregon State and Gonzaga from the west coast. The Panthers host OSU on the 5th and the Bulldogs of Gonzaga on the 7th.

Kelderman’s capitol connections have the Panthers heading east for the DC College Cup, with the Panthers taking on George Mason on September 12th and American on the 14th.

After two exhibition matches against Big East powerhouse Creighton and neighboring D-II school Parkside, the Panthers kick off their regular season on Friday, August 29th against the DePaul Blue Demons at Engelmann. The team has a quick turnaround, heading to Des Moines for a return match with Drake. The Panthers faced Drake last season in the Panther Invitational, playing to a 1-1 draw after losing the lead late and then missing opportunities to win the game in the final minutes.

Rounding out the non-conference slate are road matches with Western Illinois (Oct. 7th) and Wisconsin (Oct. 22nd). The latter is an annual contest, but takes on extra meaning as a rematch of last year’s NCAA Tournament first round game which caused the Badgers to defeat the Panthers. Controversy surrounded the match as Milwaukee posted a much better season than the Badgers and found themselves on the road in the tournament.

Milwaukee will find itself on the road for four Horizon League matches. Following Green Bay, the Panthers will hit the road to take on Wright State, UIC and Valparaiso. At home, the Panthers will play Oakland for their first conference matchup at Engelmann against the 2013 newcomers. They also take on Horizon League newcomer Belmont at Engelmann on October 11th and close the season by hosting Detroit on Friday, November 7th.

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