NEW YORK - Columbia men's soccer head coach Kevin Anderson
has revealed the team schedule for the 2012 season. Columbia will
face seven teams that advanced to the 2011 NCAA Tournament and five
conference champions. On Friday, Aug. 31, the Lions will start the season at home against 2011 MAAC Tournament Champion Fairfield
at 7 p.m. in Columbia Soccer Stadium.
2012 season sees us coming off of the most successful campaign the
program has had in the last decade. This statement holds true for the
last two seasons of play and it is our
expectation to repeat this once again..."the third time's a charm". The
2012 season will challenge the depth and quality of our roster while
creating the opportunity for us to be successful in gaining post season
play to the NCAA tournament, whether that be
through our automatic bid as conference champions or the at large bid
selection. It's very simple, every second of ever game counts! When
constructing these opportunities it will be vital to stay focused on
each particular game, from scouting reports and video
analysis of opponents, to team tactical presentation and implementation
but most important that our squad embraces the depth of our group to
maximize our strength, "THE LOCKER ROOM" which gives us every platform
For the next match, the team will hit the road to take on Sacred
Heart on Sunday, Sept. 6 to begin a three game week. On Wednesday, Sept. 5
Columbia returns home to face local rival Manhattan at 7 p.m. followed by a trip to Monmouth on Saturday, Sept. 8 to face the 2011 NEC Tournament
Champions. The Monmouth Hawks finished 16-6-0 last season
and played their way to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Lions will return home to host a pair of matches starting
with its third MAAC opponent, the St. Peter's Peacocks, on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The 2011 CAA Tournament Champions Delaware are up next for the Lions on Saturday, Sept. 15.
On Wednesday, Sept. 19 the Lions will begin the first of
five straight road matches in the Bronx, N.Y. at Fordham. After a local match-up with the Rams, Columbia will continue its
New York City circuit playing at Long Island University on Saturday, Sept. 22 and at Big
East Tournament champion St. John's on Tuesday, Sept. 25. To cap the month, the team
will begin Ivy League play at last year's co-champion Brown. The
Bears went 4-1-2 in the Ivy League and posted wins in the first and second
round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Lions will end the five game road swing at Penn on Oct.
6. On Tuesday, Oct. 9 will open a three home game stretch with Big East
opponent Providence at 7 p.m. Columbia will return to Ivy League play as they host Princeton on Saturday,
Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. Homecoming Day looks to be a very special match as the Lions host Ivy League co-champion Dartmouth on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7
p.m. The Big Green shared the
league title with Brown before falling to Providence in the first round of the
A trip to Yale
to face the Bulldogs on Oct. 27 is up next for the Lions before they return to
New York City to host Atlantic Soccer Conference Champion Adelphi on Oct. 30 at
Columbia will finish the regular season with two Ivy League
matches against Harvard and Cornell. The Lions will head to Boston, Mass. on Nov. 3 to face the
Crimson at 4 p.m. The final home match of the season will be a senior night battle
against Cornell on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.