2010 Men's Soccer Schedule
PHILADELPHIA - Nine home games highlight the 2010 men's soccer schedule for the University of Pennsylvania, including home dates with Philly rivals LaSalle and Villanova as well as a season-ending tilt with defending Ivy League champion Harvard.
The Quakers will be busy on the road as well this season, heading to the nation's capital for a date with head coach Rudy Fuller's alma mater Georgetown as part of the Ivy League/Big East Classic. While the trip to D.C. is Penn's longest non-conference road trip of the season, road matches inside the Ancient Eight with Cornell, Dartmouth and Yale will provide the club with ample opportunity to bond on the road.
"Once again, we have put together a schedule that is going to present some stiff challenges to our team this fall," Fuller said."Our goal every year is to challenge for the Ivy League title and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament that come along with it. The Ivy League has become one of the premier conferences in the country and it keeps getting better and better.In 2010, we had four of our teams selected to the NCAA Tournament and the League should be just as strong this year. In addition to our Ivy matches, we've put together a very strong non-conference slate with games against teams from the Big Ten, Big East, CAA, Atlantic 10, and the Patriot League. Our guys enjoy these challenges each year and this year will be no different. We're looking forward to much success in the months ahead."
Fuller's squad begins the 2010 season with a pair of games against Philadelphia Soccer 7 schools, heading to Saint Joseph's on September 3 before hosting LaSalle on September 5.
The following weekend, soccer fanatics in Philadelphia will have no better place to get their kicks than Rhodes Field where the men will host the Penn Soccer Classic in conjunction with the women's team's Penn Invitational. On September 10, the men host George Mason as the final game of a tripleheader and on September 12 the Red and Blue will take on Lafayette after the final two games of the women's tournament.
A first for the Quakers this year will be the inaugural Ivy League/Big East Classic. The Red and Blue will join with Princeton, Villanova and Georgetown for a series of games the weekend of September 17-19. The Quakers will host the Wildcats on the 17th while Georgetown heads to Princeton. The second session sees the Quakers head to Washington for a matinee with the Hoyas while the Tigers play at 'Nova.
The Quakers and Tigers will again participate in the same tournament without having to play each other when Penn heads to the Princeton Tournament along with Richmond and Adelphi September 24-26.
October 2 marks the start of Ivy League play for the Quakers. The 2008 champions finished fifth in the Ancient Eight last season including a 1-0 win over NCAA Champions qualifier Brown. Up first for the Red and Blue in league play this season is a trip to Cornell for a 7 p.m. kickoff with the Big Red.
After a mid-week match with American University on October 5, Penn hosts its first Ivy contest of 2010 on October 9 against Columbia at 7 p.m. The Red and Blue then hit the road for two matches at Dartmouth (October 16) and Yale (October 23).
Fuller's team returns to University City on October 27 for its final nonconference game of the season against Penn State at 7:30 p.m. The Brown Bears head to Rhodes Field on October 30 before Penn heads to Princeton for its final road game of the campaign on November 6.
Saturday, November 13 is the final regular season game for the Quakers as they host Harvard under the lights at 7 p.m. The last time these two sides met at Rhodes Field was a thriller as then-sophomore Loukas Tasigianis found the back of the net in overtime to give Penn a 1-0 win - and a share of the Ivy League title. The Crimson advanced to the third round of the 2009 NCAA Championships and this battle between the two most recent automatic berth winners from the Ancient Eight will be a fitting end to the season.