CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Fresh off its 12th Ivy League title in program history – and the fourth in six years – the Harvard women's soccer team has announced its 2015 schedule. Eight home contests highlight the grueling 17-game slate for the Crimson, which opens up at Army on August 30.
"This is certainly one of the most challenging schedules that Harvard has ever had," said head coach Ray Leone. "There are so many conferences represented by our opponents, from the ACC, SEC, American and Patriot League, all before we get to the always-tough Ivy League slate."
After the trip to Army, the Crimson settle in at home for two against Boston College (Sept. 2) and Alabama (Sept. 4) before a highly demanding four-game stretch. Harvard will face three NCAA tournament teams over the period beginning with a trip to UConn on Sept. 6. From there, the Crimson travel to the state of Virginia to take on a pair of feisty opponents. On Sept. 11, Harvard will do battle with the 2014 NCAA Runners-Up in the University of Virginia, before traveling to William & Mary two days later to take on the Tribe, a CAA Tournament semifinalist.
From there, the Crimson return to Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium for one against another NCAA Tournament team, and familiar foe, New Hampshire, before taking a trip to Amherst to take on UMass on Sept. 20. Providence makes the short trip north to Cambridge on Sept. 22, marking the last nonconference game before Ivy play picks up.
The Crimson welcomes in Penn for the first Ancient Eight battle on Sept. 26, before visiting Yale on Oct. 3. A midweek game versus Boston University on Oct. 6 is the last out-of-conference showdown, before Harvard hosts Cornell on Oct. 10. A three-week set of home contests awaits the Crimson from there, as Brown (Oct. 17), Princeton (Oct. 24) and Dartmouth (Oct. 31) make appearances along the Charles River.
Once again, the regular season culminates with Columbia as the last game on the schedule, as the Crimson wraps up the year in New York City on Nov. 7.
NCAA qualifiers and selected participants will begin the 2015 NCAA Tournament at regional sites the weekend of Friday, Nov. 13. Advancing teams will eventually vie for the College Cup Dec. 4-6 in Cary, North Carolina.
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