The 2014 SIU Edwardsville Cougars men's soccer team represents Southern Illinois University Edwardsville during the 2014 NCAA Division I men's soccer season. The Cougars are coached in 2014 by co-head coaches Brian David Korn; the team plays their home games on Bob Guelker Field at the Ralph Korte Stadium as an affiliate member of the Missouri Valley Conference. Fourteen players returned from the 8-9-2 team of 2013, including two first team All-Missouri Valley Conference performers: forward Christian Volesky and defender Matt Polster, they were joined by five "redshirted" freshmen who were in the group, named one of the nation's top recruiting classes of 2013, a redshirted junior, a transfer, First Team All-Conference in The Summit League, five freshmen. The six member incoming 2014 class, like its predecessor, was rated one of the top recruiting classes in the country. SIUE is the only Division I team with 100% of its 2013 scoring players back for 2014. For the second season in a row, defender Matt Polster was one of 32 players named to the preseason watch list for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, college soccer's highest individual award.
In Top Drawer Soccer's preseason list of the top 100 college soccer players in the nation, Mat Polster was ranked #48. Additionally, the TDS preseason rankings of the top 20 players in each conference ranked Polster #2, Christian Volesky #3, Andrew Kendall-Moullin #17, Justin Bilyeu #18 in the MVC. In the MVC preseason coaches' poll, SIUE was picked to finish fifth. Seniors Matt Polster and Christian Volesky were named to the pre-season All-MVC team, Polster for the third season in a row, Volesky for the second. In exhibition games, the Cougars defeated the Oakland Golden Grizzlies 3–1 at Korte Stadium and the IUPUI Jaguars 2–0 in Indianapolis. Former coach Scott Donnelly set up a demanding schedule which included five teams that were ranked during the 2013 season, four that were in the NCAA Tournament. There was a full Missouri Valley Conference schedule and matches against traditional rivals. Opening the season at home for the first time since 2010, the Cougars outplayed the Virginia Tech Hokies through regulation time in a game that featured outstanding goalkeeping on both ends of the field.
Despite SIUE dominating the shooting 16–8, Tech's Brad Vorv found himself free and lofted a 25' shot past Kent Kobernus in the 97th minute, giving the Hokies the "golden goal" victory. On a day dominated by the heat, with the game punctuated with several water breaks, SIUE and Tulsa missed numerous scoring opportunities on set pieces; the Cougars scored first, with Scheipeter passing up a contested shot to hit Volesky, who faced the open net. A Cougars turnover started the action that led to the Golden Hurricane's Neil putting in a shot from a difficult angle to tie the game. Despite the two sides taking 35 shots, the game was a defensive struggle, remaining tied at one goal apiece through regulation and the first extra time period. Cougar goalkeeper Kobernus made his eighth save on another shot by Neil, but when he failed to corral the ball, Barrett put the rebound into the net to give Tulsa the double-overtime "golden goal" win. Playing a mid-week game at Memphis, the Cougars dominated early play, with Volesky scoring off a pass from Garet Christianson.
As play went on, SIUE seemed to grow complacent and careless, passing beyond intended teammates, directly at defenders, or to no one in particular. As such play continued, the Tigers gained confidence and took control in the last ten minutes of the first half. Memphis remained in control through the second half, with Khulfan scoring on a breakaway and the Tigers outshooting the Cougars 8−4 for the half. SIUE seemed to be back in control in their third extra time game in three matches, they outshot the Tigers 4–0 in the first overtime period and took the first shot of the second OT. But Ledbetter drew his second yellow card and was ejected. Memphis, a man up applied the pressure and scored only 23 seconds after the red card, giving the Cougars their third "golden goal" loss in three games. Hosting undefeated Butler in the first-ever meeting between the two programs, the Cougars set a school record with four consecutive extra time games for the first time in the program's 48-year history. SIUE dominated play with Volesky scoring on a pass in the box from Hackett.
On Butler's only first half threat, Kendall-Moulin fouled the Bulldog's Goldsmith in the box, with Postlewait scoring on the penalty kick. Butler came out on the offensive to start the second half, taking the first three shots, but the Cougars took charge again, yet were unable to get anything past the Bulldog's goalkeeper. In the first extra period, an SIUE player was fouled amidst a crowd directly in front of the goal mouth; the two sides traded possessions, with both defenses turning aside repeated attacks through the second extra time period, the game ended with SIUE getting its first point of the season on a frustrating draw. In a mid-week road game, the Cougars once more dominated early play, Volesky scored his fourth goal in five games off a pass from Garet Christianson. The'Roos had managed only a couple of long-distance shots before an uncharacteristic turnover by Polster left his SIUE teammates out of position, UMKC scored an easy tying shot on a rebound of a missed first shot. Sloppy passing and an inability to either score on set pieces or cleanly clear the ball from the defensive end have continued to be a problem at odds with SIUE's strong soccer
Nori Gopala Krishna Murti was an Indian civil engineer, known for his contributions for the implementation of Koyna Hydroelectric Project. He was the chairman of Bhakra Dam Management Board and the vice-chairman of the International Congress on Large Dams; the Government of India awarded him the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, in 1963. He received the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award, in 1972. Krishna Murti was born on 16 February 1910 at Bapatla in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to Venkateswarlu Nori–Sundaramma couple and did his early education at Bapatla Board School; as a civil engineer in the Government service, he was involved in the development of a number of dams and airports in India. The most notable among his achievements was the designing and commissioning of Koyna Hydroelectric Project, he served as the chairman of the Bhakranangal Dam Management Board and was the vice-chairman of the International Congress on Large Dams from 1969 to 1972. Murti, married to Sundararamaratnam, died in 1995, at the age 85.
Nori Pandurang Vithal, erstwhile chief commissioner of railway safety of the Indian Railways and Vasudev Nori, both civil engineers, were his sons. Krishna Murti received the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India in 1963; the Government honored him again in 1972 with the third highest award of the Padma Bhushan. "Identification of System Parameters of Koyna Dam". IIT Kanpur. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018