NEW YORK -- The Columbia women's soccer team will play host to seven opponents at Columbia Soccer Stadium in 2011, as part of the team's fall schedule that was announced on Monday by head coach Kevin McCarthy. The Lions open the season against Hofstra at the St. John's NYC Classic in Queens on Friday, Sept. 2. McCarthy also announced that seniors Lillian Klein, Lindsay Mushett and Ashlin Yahr will serve as team captains.
In addition to the season opener against the Pride, Columbia will take on the host Red Storm at the season-opening tournament on Sept. 4. The Lions downed St. John's last season, 2-1, at Belson Stadium for their first victory over a BIG EAST opponent in program history.
Following the two matches against regional rivals, the team will travel cross-country for a pair of contests in California. Columbia will take on San Diego State for the first time in school history on Friday, Sept. 9, and concludes the trek to the Golden State with a match against Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 11.
A pair of non-conference home matches will follow, as the Lions open up their Columbia Soccer Stadium season against Iona on Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. A home match against Long Island University is scheduled two days later at 1 p.m.
Ivy League play begins on Friday, Sept. 23 at Cornell, with another non-conference tilt at Fordham set for Sept. 25. The conference home opener will take place on Oct. 1 against Brown, with the match also serving as homecoming for both soccer programs.
Lehigh, who advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season by virtue of a Patriot League tournament championship, hosts the Lions on Monday, Oct. 3, before Columbia returns to conference play at home against Penn four days later.
A three-match road swing against Monmouth and Ivy League foes Princeton and Dartmouth dot the schedule from Oct. 9-22, leading into three straight home matches to close out the season against Manhattan (Oct. 24), Yale (Oct. 29) and Harvard (Nov. 5).
The captains for the 2011 season are all members of an eight-member senior class that will be taking part in their final collegiate season in 2011.
Klein was an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection in 2010 after recording seven shutouts in goal. The Mill Valley, Calif. native had a 0.76 goals-against average as a junior and was named Ivy League Player of the Week after recording three straight shutouts in September 2010.
Mushett saw action in all 17 matches as a junior, and earned a start in the final four of the season. The Snellville, Ga. native recorded her second career point on an assist against Yale, and had a pair of shots in the Ivy League opener against Cornell.
Yahr has established herself as one of the top forwards to ever play at Columbia, and earned first team All-Ivy League accolades last season for the first time in her career. The Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. product has tallied 25 goals in her three seasons for the Lions, five shy of the all-time school record held by Tosh Forde '99CC.