PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team returns to the pitch in 2015 with a slate of 17 matches awaiting the Quakers. The Quakers, one year removed from an Ivy League championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013, will play eight matches at Rhodes Field and are on the road for nine.
“Our goal every year is to compete against the best, and this year’s schedule is full of quality opponents that will require our team to perform at the highest level each and every time we step on the field," said head coach Rudy Fuller. "There are no easy games on this year’s slate, and that’s how we like it. Good players and good teams enjoy testing themselves against stiff competition and in hostile environments. We look forward to tackling this schedule and seeing how good we can become along the way. Our goals remain the same. We want to win the Ivy League title and challenge for a National Championship. This schedule certainly gives us the opportunity to challenge for both. The rest is up to us."
The Quakers will take on three teams which competed in the 2014 NCAA Championship, each team having won a match last year in the national tournament.
Penn will test itself right out of the gate on September 4 when the Quakers host Washington in their season opener at 7:30 p.m. The Huskies were the No. 14 seed in last year’s NCAAs and won a match to reach the third round. The Huskies went 12-5-3 last year and spent time ranked No. 1 overall. Last September, Penn travelled to Washington and fell to the Huskies, 3-1.
On September 23, the Quakers will host Penn State at Rhodes Field at 7 p.m. The Nittany Lions went 1-1 in the NCAA Championship last year and were 13-6-1 overall.
The final NCAA qualifying team from 2014 on Penn’s schedule this season is defending Ivy League champion Dartmouth on October 17. The Big Green went 1-1 last year in the national tournament, but the Quakers scored a 2-1 win over the Big Green in Hanover during the regular season.
After opening with the Huskies, Penn heads out on a four-match road swing which starts at American (Sept. 6) before heading south to Florida for matches at FIU (Sept. 10) and Florida Gulf Coast (Sept. 12) and concluding back in University City at Drexel on September 15.
The Red and Blue will host Temple in Philadelphia Soccer Six action on September 20 before welcoming the Nittany Lions on September 23. Penn will again make a short road trip on September 29, heading to Hawk Hill to take on Saint Joseph’s.
The Ivy League slate commences on October 3 against Cornell at Rhodes Field before the Quakers head on the road for Ancient Eight competition at Columbia on October 10. Penn’s final home non-conference match of the season is against Rutgers on October 13, the opening contest in a three-match homestand which includes Dartmouth (October 17) and Yale (October 24) before heading to Brown on October 31.
The Quakers will venture one final time into non-conference play on November 3 for their first-ever trip to West Virginia. Penn will return home for Senior Day on November 7 against Princeton before concluding the regular season on November 14 at Harvard. The last time the Quakers played in Cambridge, they claimed sole possession of the Ivy League championship in 2013.
Head Coach Rudy Fuller returns six starters and nine letterwinners from last season, including second-team All-Ivy selection Alec Neumann who had eight goals and five assists last season. Second-team All-Ivy midfielder Forrest Clancy and honorable mention All-Ivy goalkeeper Max Polkinhorne also return for a Penn team which adds a recruiting class ranked No. 12 by CollegeSoccerNews.com.
2015 Penn Men's Soccer Schedule
|9/6||at American||1 p.m.|
|9/10||at FIU||7 p.m.|
|9/12||at Florida Gulf Coast||7 p.m.|
|9/15||at Drexel||7:30 p.m.|
|9/23||PENN STATE||7 p.m.|
|9/25||at Saint Joseph's||7 p.m.|
|10/10||at Columbia*||7 p.m.|
|10/31||at Brown*||7 p.m.|
|11/3||at West Virginia||7 p.m.|
|11/14||at Harvard*||7:30 p.m.|
*Indicates Ivy League Match
Home Matches inBOLD CAPS
All Dates and Times Subject to Change