CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men’s soccer team has released its 2009 regular season schedule, as the Crimson will look to reach the NCAA tournament for the fourth straight season. Trips to Wake Forest, Connecticut and Boston College and home dates against Ivy League rivals Brown, Dartmouth, Princeton and Penn highlight the challenging slate for Harvard.
After leading the Crimson to the second round of the NCAA tournament in his first season at the helm, Jamie Clark, the Virginia B. and James O. Welch ’52 Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Soccer, has scheduled the Crimson to play 17 games in all, including eight at Ohiri Field and seven games against opponents who reached the NCAA Championship last fall.
Harvard kicks off its season by hosting Stony Brook at Ohiri Field Sept. 4 and then travels to nearby Boston College for a Labor Day matchup Sept. 7. The Crimson welcomes Boston University and Army for back-to-back home dates Sept. 11 and Sept. 13, respectively, before visiting Fairfield Sept. 19. Last season, the Crimson was slated to play at Fairfield, but the game was postponed due to rain and the contest was never rescheduled.
The Crimson remains on the road to face New Hampshire Sept. 23 before making its longest trip of the season to Wake Forest Sept. 26. Ivy League play begins for Harvard Oct. 3 when the team visits archrival Yale for a night game in New Haven, Conn. Three days later, Harvard returns home for the first time in nearly a month to face Holy Cross.
On Oct. 10, Harvard begins a stretch of four games in 10 days at Cornell, followed by a road game at Connecticut Oct. 14. The team will then welcome Brown to Ohiri Field Oct. 17 before closing out the non-conference portion of its schedule at Providence Oct. 20.
The Crimson will host Princeton and Dartmouth on consecutive Saturdays, Oct. 24 and Oct. 31, respectively, before playing its final road game at Columbia Nov. 7. A week later, Harvard will welcome Penn to Ohiri Field on Senior Day Nov. 14 to conclude its regular season.
In 2008, Harvard posted a 12-6 overall record, including a 5-2 mark in Ivy League games. Andre Akpan, who led the team with 26 points on 10 goals and six assists, scored in double overtime to lift Harvard to a 1-0 win at Massachusetts in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, propelling the Crimson to the second round for the first time since 2006. Harvard, ranked as high as No. 17 in the nation last fall, returns seven starters from last year’s roster. Akpan and Brian Grimm will serve as captains for the upcoming season.
Game times and dates are subject to change.