Men's soccer set to defend Centennial title

HAVERFORD, Pa.-The Haverford College men's soccer team's 2013 schedule is out as the Fords look to follow up on one of their best seasons in school history.

Haverford kicks off its season on Aug. 30 with a trip to Drew University in Madison N.J., as part of the Drew Fall Festival, a two-game round-robin tournament.

The Fords face an early challenge for their home opener on Sept. 7 against Vassar College in the first of another two-game round-robin tournament, the annual Jimmy Mills Classic. Their opponent registered an impressive 13-4-3 overall record in 2012 en route to a Liberty League Championship and a second-round appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament.

Continuing non-conference play, Haverford takes on local rival Rosemont College on Sept.12. The Fords then start conference action at home against McDaniel College on Sept. 21. This year's conference campaign comes with added pressure as Haverford seeks to defend its 2012 Centennial Conference crown.

A Sept. 25 matchup against Arcadia University is the first of three consecutive road games. The Fords return to Walton Filed on Oct. 5 against another formidable opponent, conference rival Dickinson College. The visitors will be looking to avenge Haverford's 1-0 upset win in last year's Centennial semifinals.

Haverford's next four opponents, from Oct. 5-19, all boast double-digit winning records from last season, highlighted by Rutgers-Camden. A perennial power house, the two-time defending New Jersey Athletic Conference champs look to build on a stellar 17-2-3 record in 2012 that led to an NCAA Division III second-round appearance where they lost in penalty kicks.

Circle Oct. 26 on the calendar as conference rival Swarthmore College comes to Walton Field. The Garnet's owned a successful 16-3-2 record last season but the visitors are still stinging from the 1-0 defeat the Fords dealt them in last year's Centennial title contest. This should be the marquee matchup of the season.

Haverford closes both its conference and regular-season schedule at Johns Hopkins on Nov.2