CLINTON – Ashford University men's soccer head coach Richard Markham announced the schedule for the 2014 season on Thursday.
After a 16-4-2 record in 2013 that included the program's first run to the NAIA Men's Soccer National Semifinals and a #4 ranking in the postseason coaches' poll, Markham has put the Saints in preparation to make their third consecutive trip to the national tournament with one of the toughest schedules in program history.
Of the 17 regular season matches, nine will take place against teams that qualified for the 2013 national tournament with eight of those teams finishing the year ranked or receiving votes in the final top-25 coaches' poll.
CLINTON – When he came to Ashford as a freshman prior to the start of the 2010 season, Lucas Almeida had only dreamt of playing against professional soccer players.
Before his career as an Ashford student-athlete came to a close, the Sao Paulo, Brazil-native got to live out that dream along with the nation's best players at the inaugural Tourbeau Soccer Evolution Academy back on Mar. 6-17.
CLINTON – After completing a stellar senior season in which he helped lead the Ashford University men's soccer team to a deep postseason run, forward Lucas Almeida has been named to the inaugural Tourbeau Sports Soccer Evolution Academy.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) released the 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire NAIA Men's All-America Teams on Monday with a pair of Ashford University forwards cracking the list.
Senior Lucas Almeida and freshman Daniel Dreier earned Second Team nominations after helping the Saints advance to the semifinals of the 2013 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) released its final Soccer Coaches' Top-25 Polls of the season on Wednesday evening. For the second year in a row, both Ashford soccer teams close out the season in the rankings.
Thanks to a run to the semifinals of the NAIA National Championship, the AU men earned the #4 ranking in the final polls while the women have garnered the #20 spot in the rankings.