RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- After grabbing its first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament last year, California Baptist University men's soccer is ready to start a new season with the same goal in mind.
The Lancers, who finished 10-6-1 overall under first year head coach Gregg Schroeder in 2013, will look to build off last season's momentum. They open the 2014 campaign with six non-conference games before PacWest Conference action begins. CBU first hosts La Verne on Sept. 4 for the season opener and then hits the road for four-straight games.
Over the span of 12 days, CBU will face off against California Collegiate Athletic Association foes in Cal State Dominguez Hills (Sept. 6), Sonoma State (Sept. 11), Cal State Stanislaus (Sept. 13) and UC San Diego (Sept. 18). The Lancers return to Riverside for one last regular season non-conference competition, hosting another CCAA team in Cal Poly Pomona on Sept. 20.
After starting conference action on the road at Dixie State on Sept. 27, the Lancers head across the Pacific for a four-game swing in Hawaii. CBU will play four games on two different islands over the span of one week before coming back to the mainland to close out the season.
The last seven games of the regular season will be played out on the Lancer Soccer Field and could be key in CBU's hopes of a second NCAA postseason run. The Lancers host rival Azusa Pacific on Saturday, Sept. 25, and conclude the regular season against Point Loma on Nov. 8.
After whetting their championship tournament appetite last year, the Lancers have their eyes set on a sixth consecutive postseason appearance in 2014.