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David Najem and the Lions will play nine home games in 2013.
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Matches Against National Powers Highlight Menís Soccer 2013 Schedule

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 06/26/2013
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2013 Men's Soccer Schedule
Please note: All dates and times are subject to change.

NEW YORK – Head men’s soccer coach Kevin Anderson has announced the schedule for the 2013 season, featuring nine home games at the Columbia Soccer Stadium and eight road contests.

The Lions will open the fall on the road with a trip to Omaha, Neb. to take on Creighton and Nebraska-Omaha. The season-opener against the Blue Jays is slated for a 7 p.m. start on Friday, Sep. 6. Creighton ended the 2012 season ranked fourth in the nation after being ousted in the semifinals of last season’s NCAA tournament by eventual national champion Indiana. Two days later, the Lions and Mavericks will go head-to-head in a matinee beginning at 11 a.m. on Sep. 8.

Columbia’s home opener is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sep. 14 with Iona making the short journey from New Rochelle. A second local school, Manhattan, will then make the short journey down the 1 train on Wednesday, Sep. 14 for the first night game at Columbia Soccer Stadium for the Lions.

A trip to Boston to take on Northeastern on Saturday, Sep. 21 follows, before the Lions return home on Wednesday, Sep. 25 to host the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds. Columbia concludes September with an away match at Fordham on the 29th.

The Lions’ first match in October is also the first time it will face Ivy League competition. Brown opens the conference slate on Saturday, Oct. 5, followed by Penn a week later on the 12th. Both those matchups will take place on Columbia’s home turf.

Columbia returns to out-of-conference action on Oct. 15, traveling to Storrs, Conn. to take on UConn. The Huskies were ranked sixth in the final national poll in 2012 after being defeated in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament by Creighton.

Princeton represents the first Ivy League road trip the Lions will make, heading to New Jersey to battle the Tigers on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Four of the Lions’ final six games will be played at the Columbia Soccer Stadium, beginning with Binghamton on Oct. 23. On Oct. 26, Columbia will journey to Hanover, N.H. to take on Dartmouth, before returning to New York City for three straight home games. A matchup against Yale begins the home stretch on November 2, with Sacred Heart and Harvard to follow on Nov. 6 and 9, respectively.

Columbia will close out the regular season with a trip to state rival Cornell on Nov. 16 . 

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