June 16, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Entering his 16th season at the helm of the East Carolina women’s soccer program, head coach Rob Donnenwirth announced the team’s schedule for the 2014 season Monday, in what will be its first as a member of the American Athletic Conference.
"We are excited to begin play in The American,” Donnenwirth said. “This, coupled with our non-conference schedule, will make it an exciting year for Pirate fans."
East Carolina will play 10 non-conference matches in all with 14 of its 19 regular-season games taking place in the state of North Carolina.
ECU will host Longwood in an exhibition contest Friday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m., before officially kicking off the regular season just one week later on Aug. 22 when South Carolina comes to the ECU Soccer Stadium for a 7 p.m., start. The Gamecocks were seeded third and reached the second round of last year’s NCAA Tournament.
The Pirates will then embark on a three-game road swing when they play at Western Carolina, George Mason and Francis Marion. The team will return home Friday, Sept. 5 to host Davidson, before welcoming Elon two days later. After a trip to UNC Greensboro, East Carolina will host an ACC opponent in Virginia Tech on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. The Hokies reached the national semifinals of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Following a trip to UNC Wilmington, ECU will open a four-game homestand with its non-conference finale against Campbell on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m., before hosting Connecticut in the AAC opener Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. The Pirates will then take on Temple and Cincinnati in back-to-back contests at the ECU Soccer Stadium.
After trips to Tulsa and Memphis, East Carolina will play its final two home matches of the season versus Houston Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., and SMU at 2 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 19. The Pirates will round out the conference slate with a final road trip to the state of Florida to take on UCF and USF.
The AAC Tournament will begin with a pair of play-in games Friday, Oct. 31 prior to quarterfinal action commencing Sunday, Nov. 2 at sites to be determined. The semifinals and championship will be hosted by USF the following weekend, Nov. 7 and 9, in Tampa, Fla.