MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team opens the 2014 season on Thursday, September 4 when it hosts Bloomfield College in a 7:00 contest at Larkin Field. The Penmen open their 16-match season with three straight home contests as they come off a 2013 season that saw them finish 22-1-1 and capture the program's second NCAA Division II national championship. SNHU enters the season with a 23-game unbeaten streak.
After opening against the Deacons, Southern New Hampshire seeks to avenge its only loss of 2013 as it entertains Post University on Wednesday, September 10. The Eagles downed the Penmen 1-0 in last season's opener at Larkin Field. SNHU welcomes Mercy College on Saturday, September 13 in its final non-conference tilt before opening Northeast-10 play at in-state rival Franklin Pierce University on Wednesday, September 17.
The Penmen welcome the University of New Haven for their home NE-10 opener on Saturday, September 20, and are home twice more in September, hosting NE-10 semifinalist Adelphi University on Saturday, September 27, and Stonehill College on Tuesday, September 30. SNHU also plays in Manchester on Wednesday, September 24 when it heads to Saint Anselm College for a 4:00 contest.
Southern New Hampshire plays a pair of key road games in mid-October, traveling to NE-10 finalist Merrimack College on Wednesday, October 8 before traveling to longtime rival Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday, October 11. The Penmen return home on Wednesday, October 15 against Saint Michael's College, and also host Assumption College for Homecoming on Saturday, October 18 before closing out the regular season on Friday, October 31 against The College of Saint Rose for Senior Night.
The eight-team Northeast-10 Men's Soccer Championship kicks off on Tuesday, November 4 with quarterfinal action, with the semifinals slated for Friday, November 7 and the final set for Sunday, November 9. High seeds will host throughout the championship.
Southern New Hampshire enters the 2014 campaign looking to be the first team to repeat as Division II men's soccer champions since Southern Connecticut did so in 1998 and 1999, and the first team to win three straight Northeast-10 tournament titles since Merrimack from 1995-97.
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