“The 2016 schedule will be a great opportunity for our players to build on this past spring and fall,” said Van Dyke, who enters her second season at the Quakers helm. “We are thrilled about adding some new opponents, while also eager to face some familiar foes before the conference begins. Given the tremendous amount of growth over the last year, we are excited about opening up the season at home, on Rhodes Field, in front of our Penn family.”
Penn returns 16 letter winners from last year’s squad including seven starters, and will be led by senior defender Paige Lombard who was a first-team All-Ivy pick a year ago. In addition, eight newcomers will join the roster this fall.
Some notes about each team on the schedule…
MARYLAND (Sunday, Aug. 28/5 p.m.) – Third meeting all-time, but the first since 1999 … Quakers and Terps are tied, 1-1 (Maryland winning 2-0 in 1997, Penn winning 2-1 in 1999) … Penn’s first meeting against a Big Ten team since 2009 (Northwestern).
ROBERT MORRIS (Sunday, Sept. 4/3 p.m.) – Fourth meeting overall, first since these teams met consecutively from 2006-08 … Penn dominated first three games, winning all three and outscoring Colonials 13-1.
LAFAYETTE (Friday, Sept. 9/7 p.m.) – Regional foes haven’t met on the pitch since 2006 … Penn leads series 6-3 including a 3-0 victory in 2006 … Lafayette’s most recent win came in 2005, a 5-4 victory in Easton, Pa.
At Delaware (Sunday, Sept. 11/noon) – The 14th meeting between these two programs, with Penn leading the series 7-6-0 … Penn has won the last two meetings, in 2011 and 2014 … Prior to that, Quakers and Blue Hens hadn’t met since 2002.
TOWSON (Friday, Sept. 16/7 p.m.) – Fourth meeting between the Quakers and the Tigers, series is knotted at 1-1-1 … These teams played to a 0-0 tie in Maryland last year … Prior to that, most recent meeting was in 2010, a 1-0 Tigers win in Philadelphia.
DREXEL (Sunday, Sept. 18/5 p.m.) – The 11th meeting between these neighborhood rivals, first since 2013 (a 1-0 double-overtime Penn win on Penn Park) … Penn has dominated the series, leading 9-1-0, but Drexel’s win came in 2012 … Prior to that, these teams had not played since 2004.
HARVARD* (Saturday, Sept. 24/4 p.m.) – Traditional Ivy opener takes place at Rhodes Field this year … Crimson lead overall series, 17-5-3, but advantage is just 7-5-3 in last 15 meetings … Harvard has won last three matches, prior to that Penn had won four of six.
At Cornell* (Friday, Sept. 30/7 p.m.) – Penn leads overall series, 16-7-2 … Quakers went 16-0-1 over Big Red from 1997-2013, before Cornell beat Penn in 2014 (3-2) and the teams tied last year in Philadelphia (0-0).
At American (Tuesday, Oct. 4/3 p.m.) – Penn leads series, 5-2-0 … Quakers dominated the Eagles last year, 5-0, behind five points from Sasha Stephens(2g, 1a) … Prior to that, last meeting came in 2000.
COLUMBIA* (Saturday, Oct. 8/5 p.m.) – Penn leads series, 13-8-4 … Quakers are unbeaten in last five meetings with Lions, winning four-straight from 2010-14 and then tying 0-0 last year in New York City … Columbia has not scored a goal on Penn in the last five meetings.
DELAWARE STATE (Tuesday, Oct. 11/7 p.m.) – This will be the first-ever meeting between the Quakers and the Hornets in women’s soccer.
At Dartmouth* (Saturday, Oct. 15/7 p.m.) – Big Green lead the series 15-8-3, but Penn leads 4-3-2 over last nine years with a 4-0-1 at home during that time … Quakers have not won in Hanover since 2002 (ties in 2004 and 2010).
At Yale* (Saturday, Oct. 22/4 p.m.) – Yale leads overall series 12-8-6, but Penn is unbeaten in last six against Bulldogs (4-0-2) and 5-1-5 over last 11 meetings … Quakers beat Bulldogs last year, 2-1 … Penn is 2-0-3 in its last five trips to New Haven, including a 1-1 tie in 2014.
At Army West Point (Monday, Oct. 24/5 p.m.) – Third meeting between Quakers and Black Knights … First two came in 2009 (a 1-0 Penn win in Philadelphia) and 2010 (a 1-0 Army win at West Point).
BROWN* (Saturday, Oct. 29/5 p.m.) – Penn leads overall series, 12-10-3 … Brown’s 1-0 win last year in Providence snapped a six-match unbeaten streak by the Quakers (5-0-1) … Penn is 5-1-1 in its last seven home games with the Bears … Penn and Brown have needed overtime to settle things five of the last nine meetings.
At Princeton* (Saturday, Nov. 5/7 p.m.) – Tigers lead all-time series 12-10-3, but Penn is 4-1-2 in last seven meetings … Penn and Princeton tied last year in Philadelphia, the only blemish on the Tigers’ Ivy schedule as they won the title … Two years ago, Penn won in Princeton for the first time since 1998.