The Crimson looks to defend its 2013 Ivy League title in 2014. (Photo: Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Fresh off its 11th Ivy League title in program history, the Harvard women's soccer team has announced its 2014 schedule. Eight home contests highlight the 16-game slate for the Crimson, which open up with San Francisco on Sept. 5 at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.
Head coach Ray Leone, who is set for his eighth year in command, and the Crimson will compete for their fifth Ivy League crown in seven years after finishing 2013 an unblemished 7-0 against Ancient Eight opponents. Before the Crimson can defend its title, however, Harvard will face a stingy nonconference schedule.
After hosting San Francisco in the season opener, Harvard will hit the road for three games in New England, squaring off with Providence (Sept. 7), Rhode Island (Sept. 9) and Boston College (Sept. 12), before returning home to play host to Colgate on Sept. 14.
After bouts at New Hampshire (Sept. 18) and against Long Island (Sept. 21), the Crimson will open Ivy League play at Penn on Sept. 27. UMass makes the short trek east to Cambridge on Sept. 29, before Yale does the same on Oct. 4. From there, Harvard continues its four-game homestand with visits from Boston University (Oct. 8) and Cornell (Oct. 11), before a three-game Ivy League road trip.
The Crimson will then travel to Brown on Oct. 18, Princeton on Oct. 25 and Dartmouth on Nov. 1, before closing out the regular season with a visit from Columbia on Nov. 8.
Qualifiers and selected participants will begin the 2014 NCAA Tournament at regional sites the weekend of Friday, Nov. 14. Advancing teams will eventually vie for the College Cup Dec. 5-7 in Boca Raton, Fla.