The University of Pennsylvania women's soccer program has announced its 2011 schedule. The Quakers will play a 17-game slate that features 10 home matches.
"We have a balanced schedule this fall," said Head Coach Darren Ambrose, who enters his 12th season with the Quakers. "We have some very difficult games on the road prior to opening up Ivy play in Boston. We face a couple of new teams and a couple we haven't played at all, which will give us some different challenges. It will make for an interesting campaign.
"We expect to get everyone's best shot this fall and will do everything we can to prepare to make a run at defending our Ivy League title."
Penn opens the 2011 campaign by playing three of its first four games at Rhodes Field. The Quakers will host UMBC and Delaware over the Labor Day Weekend to kick things off, and then the next weekend they play at Villanova before coming back home to face another city rival, Saint Joseph's.
Penn's only major road trip this year takes them to the state of Virginia. On Friday, Sept. 16, the Red and Blue will play at James Madison, a program that advanced to the NCAA Championship second round a year ago. Two days later, Penn will face George Mason.
Ivy League play starts up the following weekend, as Penn plays three straight Fridays with an Ancient Eight matchup (twice following up with a non-conference tilt on Sunday). The Quakers begin defense of their 2010 title on Sept. 23 at Harvard before coming back home to face Youngstown State that Sunday. The Quakers then host Cornell the following weekend, but again jump back out of conference that Sunday with a match against St. Francis (Pa.). On Oct. 7, Penn is at Columbia.
Penn hosts NJIT on Wednesday, Oct. 12, before hitting the final five-game stretch that features four Ivy League matches. On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Quakers host Dartmouth, and then one week later they entertain Yale at Rhodes Field. The final Ivy run is broken up by midweek trip to Lehigh -- last year's Patriot League representative in the NCAA Championship -- before Penn finishes the regular season at Brown (Oct. 29) and at home against Princeton (Nov. 5).
Penn went 9-7-2 overall last season, and gained its second outright Ivy League championship in four years with a 4-1-2 conference mark. In the NCAA Championship, the Red and Blue lost a hard-fought first-round match to Big Ten champion Penn State, 1-0, in Morgantown, W.Va. The Quakers return 14 letterwinners from last year's squad, including three who received All-Ivy recognition (Marin McDermott, Caroline Williams, 2010 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Kerry Scalora).
PENN WOMEN'S SOCCER
Friday, Sept. 2 - UMBC, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 4 - DELAWARE, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 9 - at Villanova, 4 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 11 - SAINT JOSEPH'S, 1 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 16 - at James Madison, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 18 - at George Mason, 2 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 23 - at Harvard*, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 25 - YOUNGSTOWN STATE, 1 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 30 - CORNELL*, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 2 - ST. FRANCIS (Pa.), 1 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 7 - at Columbia*, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 12 - NJIT, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15 - DARTMOUTH*, 5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22 - YALE*, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 26 - at Lehigh, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29 - at Brown*, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5 - PRINCETON*, 5 p.m.
*Ivy League match
Home games in ALL CAPS played at Rhodes Field