NEW YORK — The Columbia women’s soccer team announced its complete 16-game 2022 fall schedule on Thursday. The season gets underway at Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium on Friday, August 26, when the Lions welcome Fairleigh Dickinson for a 6 pm kickoff.
New this season, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved changes to overtime rules in men’s and women’s soccer for both the regular season and the postseason. For the regular season, overtime has been eliminated, meaning if a game is tied after the regulation 90 minutes, it will end in a tie. In conference tournaments and NCAA postseason games, the sudden-victory component has been eliminated, and teams will play two 10-minute overtime periods instead. If the game remains tied, a penalty-kick shootout will be held to determine the winner.
Columbia is coming off a 9-6-1 campaign in 2021, notching its fifth consecutive winning season under head coach Tracey Bartholomew. The 2022 season will mark her eighth year as head coach of the Lions, who return three All-Ivy League selections. Junior Nata Ramirez highlights the group, scoring a team-high 10 goals and accumulating 24 points in her first collegiate season as a sophomore. The striker went on to earn First Team All-Ivy and Third Team All-Region honors. Meanwhile, Columbia also returns rising sophomores Sophia Cavaliere and marcia eyeeach of whom earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy status as first years.
The challenging 2022 slate includes six opponents that reached the NCAA Tournament a year ago. After opening at home against FDU, Columbia will welcome St. John’s to its home turf on Sunday, August 28, at 2 pm The Red Storm went 13-7-3 and advanced to the Sweet 16 last year, defeating Brown and Samford in the first two rounds before falling to Duke.
A road trip to Baltimore and the nation’s capital is on the docket the following weekend, where the Lions will face Loyola Maryland (Sept. 1) and another 2021 NCAA Tournament participant in Georgetown (Sept. 4). The Hoyas went 14-2-6 a year ago and defeated St. John’s to win the BIG EAST title. They went on to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament by defeating Central Connecticut State, 6-0.
The Thursday-Sunday trend continues over the next two weeks. Columbia will host Stony Brook on a Thursday night (Sept. 8) and La Salle on a Sunday afternoon (Sept. 11). The following week, the Lions travel to Seton Hall on a Thursday (Sept. 15) before heading out to Long Island for a Sunday, Sept. 18, matinee against Hofstra.
The Ivy League season starts up at home on Saturday, Sept. 24, with a 6 p.m. kickoff against Cornell. Last season, the Ivy League got three teams into the NCAA Tournament, which included league champion Brown (7-0-0), Princeton (6-1-0) and Harvard (5-2-0). Columbia visits the defending champs in Week 2 of the Ivy season on Saturday, Oct. 1, in Providence.
A final non-conference home match against Fordham (Oct. 5) breaks up back-to-back Ivy League Saturdays on the road. After hosting the Rams that Wednesday at 7 pm, the Lions will travel to Penn for their third Ivy match, Oct. 8, at 2 pm
Columbia’s final two home games of the season span the next two Saturdays. The Lions will host Princeton (Oct. 15) and Dartmouth (Oct. 22), each at 6 pm The Dartmouth game will be part of Homecoming Weekend at the Baker Athletics Complex and follow the football team’s 1 pm kickoff earlier that day against the Big Green.
Road games at Yale (Oct. 29) and Harvard (Nov. 5) round out the Ivy League and regular season schedule. The NCAA Tournament is scheduled to begin the following weekend.
All home and Ivy League games are expected to appear on ESPN+. Direct links to watch each game, as well as links to live in-game statistics, can be found on GoColumbiaLions.com.
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