PHILADELPHIA - Penn men's soccer Head Coach Rudy Fuller has announced his team's 2006 schedule. The slate is highlighted by non-conference opponents Seton Hall, Hartwickand Rugters, as well as the Penn Soccer Classic, which will pit the Quakers against Philadelphia Soccer Seven rival Saint Joseph's and Duquesne. The schedule also features six home night games for the first time, thanks to last season's installation of lights at Rhodes Field.
"Our 2006 schedule is another demanding slate of games and includes six teams that played in the 2005 NCAA Tournament.Good teams like to measure themselves against other good teams and I know our guys embrace the challenge that this schedule presents us," said Fuller.
"The Ivy League is one of the most competitive conferences in the nation year in and year out, and the parity within the League has never been higher,"hesaid."Last year, the Ivy League was rated one of the topfive or six conferences in the country based on RPI and almost half of our teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament."
The Quakers start the season with three road games, first on Sept. 3 at Lehigh. They then travel to 2005 NCAA qualifier Hartwick for the Mayors' Cup on Sept.8 and 10, taking on the Hawks as well as Marist.
Penn opens up at home in the Penn Soccer Classic, first with Saint Joseph's on Sept. 15 and then withDuquesne onSept. 17. Ivy League foe Princeton will also participate in the Classic.
Penn takes on another Soccer Seven rival, La Salle, on Sept. 20 in North Philadelphia, before returning home on Sept. 23 to begin Ivy play against Harvard. A trip to Cornell follows on the final day of the month.
October opens with a three-game homestand. The Quakers welcome 2005 NCAA participant Seton Hall on the 3rd before playing League rival Columbia on the 7th. Rutgers will visit Rhodes Field on Oct. 11.
A three-game road trip follows with Dartmouth (Oct. 14), American (Oct. 18) and Yale (Oct. 21) on the docket before Penn hosts Brown on Homecoming Weekend on Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. The season finale will pit the Quakers against archrival Princeton on Nov. 4 at Lourie-Love Field.
The 2005 edition of the Quakers went 9-6-1 overall and finished fifth in the Ivy League. The team was voted Philadelphia Soccer Seven champion and Fuller earned city Coach of the Year honors after Penn went 2-0 in city play.
2006 Penn Men's Soccer Schedule
Sept. 3at Lehigh, 1 p.m.
Sept. 8at Hartwick $, 7:30p.m.
Sept. 10vs. Marist $,1 p.m.
Sept. 15ST. JOSEPH’S #^, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 17DUQUESNE #,2:30p.m.
Sept. 20at La Salle ^, 3 p.m.
Sept. 23HARVARD *,7:30p.m.
Sept. 30at Cornell *, 7 p.m.
Oct. 3SETON HALL, 5 p.m.
Oct. 7COLUMBIA *,5 p.m.
Oct. 11RUTGERS, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 14at Dartmouth *, Noon
Oct. 18at American, 2 p.m.
Oct. 21at Yale *, 7 p.m.
Oct. 28BROWN *, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 4at Princeton *, 7 p.m.
* Ivy League game
^ Philadelphia Soccer Seven game
$ Mayors' Cup at Hartwick
# Penn Soccer Classic
Home games are in CAPS and played at Rhodes Field.
Alldates and times are subject to change.