NEW YORK – Two Columbia University soccer matches will be seen live on ESPNU, the Ivy League and network has announced.
The Columbia women’s match vs. Princeton University Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. will be first on The U, followed by the Lions’ men’s game against Dartmouth College Friday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. against Dartmouth.
All six men’s home matches and seven women’s home matches also will be broadcasted live on ESPN+.
“Having the exposure of our games on ESPNU gives added value and additional credibility to the quality of our product,” Columbia men’s soccer head coach Kevin Anderson said. “Our teams, our players, and our conference will benefit as a whole. This is a great addition not only for our soccer programs, but also to Columbia University.”
Added women’s coach Tracey Bartholomew: “We are extremely excited that ESPNU is going to highlight the level of play in the Ivy League and for Columbia women’s soccer. The league offers an outstanding brand of soccer with talented student-athletes that strive for excellence both on and off the field. Our program embraces the opportunity to showcase itself on a national platform.”
Coming off of a 12-3-3 season that included a win in the NCAA Division I Tournament last year, the Lions men return a bevy of talent, including two all-regional players and five All-Ivy League honorees.
The Lions will have a tough road stretch start the season, with eight of the first nine games away from home. On Friday, Aug. 31, the fall campaign gets under way at the University of Kentucky, before matches at Butler University (Sept. 3) and Army (Sept. 7). The first home match and ESPN+ contest takes place against Binghamton University at Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium on Monday, Sept. 10 in a 7 p.m.
A three-match homestand begins Oct. 13 against Princeton University, before the ESPNU match with Dartmouth on Friday, Oct. 19. Columbia battles Rutgers University (Oct. 23) and Hofstra University (Oct. 30) at home, before closing out the season with Cornell University in a home match (Nov. 10).
After a 9-5-2 season that included a 5-1-1 mark in Ivy League play, the women return three of their four top goal-scorers, the top goalkeeper and six All-Ivy League players.
Columbia opens up the 2018 calendar at Drexel University Friday, Aug. 24 in a 5 p.m. match, before hosting Fordham University in the home opener at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. After a trip out west to battle Colorado College (Aug. 31) and the University of Denver (Sept. 2) and another road match at Sacred Heart University, the Lions take on Rider University at home Sept. 9, before hosting Hofstra Sept. 13.
Ivy League play opens up Saturday, Sept. 22 with Cornell visiting Commisso Soccer Stadium and Lafayette University stopping on Oct. 8, before the showdown with Princeton Oct. 14. The final home match for the women takes place on Saturday, Oct. 20 against Dartmouth, with trips to Yale University and Harvard University concluding the regular season.