PHILADELPHIA – Penn will become very familiar with its new pitch at Rhodes Field in 2013, hosting 11 of its 17 matches this season on the new surface as the Quakers will have plenty of chances to establish a new sense of home field advantage.
"Our 2013 schedule is arguably the strongest in my 16 years at Penn, but our team is looking forward to the challenges it presents," James C. Gentle Head Coach of Men's Soccer Rudy Fuller said. "Top to bottom, the Ivy League continues to prove that it is one of the strongest, most competitive leagues in the country. On top of that, we have gone out and scheduled one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation. Our program has high aspirations for itself and we believe that this schedule will give us an opportunity to reach new heights this season and in the years ahead."
The Red and Blue will be tested throughout the campaign, with five matches against teams which reached the NCAA Tournament in 2012. Last season’s national runner-up, Georgetown, highlights the non-conference slate as the Hoyas will visit Rhodes Field on September 19 as part of the Ivy League/BIG EAST CHALLENGE. Drexel and Florida Gulf Coast are the other non-conference opponents which played in the national tournament last season, while Brown and Cornell will give the Quakers a pair of Ivy matches against NCAA Tournament opponents.
Penn will play its first-ever match against four different opponents during the course of the 2013 season, headlines by a trip to California in the middle of September. The Quakers will first take on Cal-Poly on September 13 before heading 100 miles south to UC-Santa Barbara on September 15. Penn’s second match of the season will showcase a new opponent, the Sacred Heart Pioneers, on September 8. Towards the end of September, the Quakers will host Florida Gulf Coast at Rhodes Field, the September 27 matchup the first-ever between the two schools.
The 2013 slate commences with the Penn Soccer Classic September 6-8. The Quakers will open with Stony Brook on September 6 before hosting Sacred Heart on September 8. Drexel enters the field as part of the Penn Soccer Classic this year, hosting matches at its home field.
After the trip to California, the Quakers will have plenty of time to acclimate themselves to their new surroundings with eight of their next ten matches at home. The Ivy League/BIG EAST Challenge will see head coach Rudy Fuller play host to his alma mater, Georgetown, on September 19 before his club makes the short trip to Villanova two days later. The following weekend, the Quakers host a pair of Florida schools with FGCU in on the 27th and Florida International the last opponent in September on the 29th.
A University City clash opens October as Drexel visits Rhodes Field on October 2 in Penn’s last non-conference match before Ivy League play begins. Penn will host defending Ancient Eight champion Cornell on October 5 to begin the seven-game sprint, then traveling to Columbia on October 12 for its first road Ivy tilt of the season. Dartmouth (October 19) and Yale (October 26) will come to Rhodes Field to close out the first half of the League schedule before a brief venture out of the Ivy League for a match with Penn State on October 29 rounds out October.
The Quakers have three matches scheduled for November – each an Ivy contest. Up first in the season’s final weeks will be Brown. The Quakers will head to Rhode Island on November 2 to play a club which advanced to the second round of last year’s NCAA Tournament. Penn’s final home match for 2013 will be the latest installment of the Penn-Princeton rivalry as the Quakers host their archrivals on November 9. The regular season concludes a week later in Cambridge with a November 16 date with Harvard.
Penn will be looking to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010, the ultimate goal a spot on the College Cup December 13-15 which will be held at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
2013 Penn Quakers Schedule
|Friday, Septmeber 6||Stony Brook||TBA|
|Sunday, September 8||Sacred Heart||2:30 p.m.|
|Friday, September 13||at Cal-Poly||10 p.m.|
|Sunday, September 15||at UC-Santa Barbara||4 p.m.|
|Thursday, September 19||Georgetown||7 p.m.|
|Tuesday, September 24||at Villanova||4 p.m.|
|Friday, September 27||Florida Gulf Coast||7 p.m.|
|Sunday, September 29||Florida International||12 p.m.|
|Wednesday, October 2||Drexel||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 5||Cornell*||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 12||at Columbia*||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 19||Dartmouth*||7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday. October 26||Yale*||7:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday, October 29||Penn State||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, November 2||at Brown*||4 p.m.|
|Saturday, November 9||Princeton*||4 p.m.|
|Saturday, November 16||at Harvard*||7 p.m.|
* Ivy League Match
All home matches are played at Rhodes Field
All Times EST