Harvard will face a plethora of highly-regarded teams in 2016 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's soccer program has released its 2016 schedule, with eight games set to be played in Cambridge. The slate features a host of nationally-ranked programs, including six teams that made the NCAA tournament in 2015. Each of Harvard's home contests will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
"This schedule should provide us with some exciting games this fall," said Pieter Lehrer, The Virginia B. and James O. Welch, Jr. '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer. "Many of the games are against nationally ranked teams, and we feel that will prepare us well for our Ivy League games."
The 2016 slate opens at Ohiri Field on Friday, Sept. 2 with a clash against Villanova, and continues at Ohiri two days later when Hofstra makes the trip to Harvard. The Pride advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2015.
After trekking to the Pacific Northwest a year ago, Seattle and Washington make a return trip to Harvard September 8 and 11, with contests set to be played at Jordan Field. Seattle entered the 2015 postseason as the 11th-ranked team in the country, while Washington was ranked No. 8 a year ago during a 0-0 draw with the Crimson in 2015.
Harvard takes its first road trip September 16-18 when it visits Pac-12 powers Stanford and California. The Cardinal is coming off its first national championship in program history. The Crimson finishes a three-game road stretch on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Iona.
Boston University journeys across town to Jordan Field to open a three-game homestand September 27, and four days later the Crimson kicks off Ivy competition against Yale October 1. Harvard hosts Cornell a week later, October 8, before beginning a five-game road trip October 11-29 at Boston College, Brown, Princeton, New Hampshire and Dartmouth.
Columbia visits Harvard on Saturday, Nov. 5 on Senior Night, closing the home slate for the Crimson. A Saturday, Nov. 12 trip to Penn closes the regular season for Harvard.
The Crimson posted a 9-6-2 mark in 2015, including a 5-2 second-place record in Ancient Eight play. Harvard returns five All-Ivy selections from a year ago: Jake Freeman, Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, Sam Brown, Alex Leondis and Christian Sady.