CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's soccer team will take the field against three NCAA tournament participants from 2012 and host seven matches at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium when the 2013 season begins on Friday, Sept. 6.
Head coach Ray Leone, who is set for his seventh year in command, and the Crimson will compete for their fourth Ivy League crown in six years. Leone and the Crimson travel to San Francisco, Calif., to kick-off the year against NCAA second-round competitor California, before taking on San Francisco to end opening weekend.
The Crimson then returns to New England where four of six matches will be played at home. Harvard begins the season on its home turf versus New Hampshire on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The Crimson then make the short trip south to Providence on Sept. 13, before hosting Long Island University Sept. 15 and Rhode Island Sept. 20.
Harvard opens Ivy League play against Penn Friday, Sept. 27, on Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium before beginning a four-game road trip which pits the Crimson against Central Connecticut (Sept. 29), Yale (Oct. 5), Boston University (Oct. 8) and Cornell (Oct. 12).
Harvard then meets Brown in a home-and-home series contested over 10 days. In the match contributing to the conference standings, Brown comes up to Cambridge on Oct. 19 and the Crimson travel down I-95 for a non-league matchup on Oct. 29. In between those bouts, Harvard gets a shot at reigning Ivy League champion Princeton on Oct. 26.
The Crimson's final home stand comes against Dartmouth on Saturday, Nov. 2, before the regular-season concludes on the road at Columbia, Saturday, Nov. 9.
Qualifiers and selected participants will begin the 2013 NCAA Tournament at regional sites the weekend of Friday, Nov. 15. Advancing teams will eventually vie for the College Cup Dec. 6-8.