BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's soccer team has announced its 2017 schedule Thursday. The Lions have 15 matches lined up this season, five versus non-conference opponents and 10 against the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC).
Bryn Athyn opens the season with three non-conference opponents who were on the 2016 schedule.
The Lions' season begins on Friday, Sept. 1 on General Ronald K. Nelson Field against Cairn. The team remains at home to face Rosemont on Sept. 6. Bryn Athyn hits the road for the first time in 2017 on Sept. 9 when it travels to Clarks Summit.
Non-conference play ends with back-to-back home games against opponents who appear on the Lions' schedule for the first time. Bryn Athyn plays host to New Jersey City University on Sept. 13 and SUNY Old Westbury on Sept. 16.
The final 10 games on the slate will be against NEAC competition, starting on Sept. 23 at Gallaudet. After making the short trip to Penn State Abington for a showdown on Sept. 26, Bryn Athyn returns home to close out September action on Sept. 30 against Wilson.
Bryn Athyn gets a week off before heading up to New York for back-to-back games with Cazenovia and Morrisville State on Oct. 7-8. Then, the Lions will have a season-high four-match home stand. During the string of home games, Bryn Athyn plays Lancaster Bible on Oct. 14, College of St. Elizabeth on Oct. 18, SUNY Cobleskill on Oct. 21, and SUNY Poly on Oct. 22.
The 2017 regular season ends on Oct. 26 when the Lions head to Penn State Berks to square off with the defending conference champion.
Last year, the Lions had a 7-9-1 overall record, 4-8-1 against the NEAC, in their first season. Bryn Athyn returns 13 players from last year's squad—including its top three scorers. Shelby Puccio and Chelsea Czarnik both had 14 points in 2016. Puccio scored a team-high seven goals, while Czarnik recorded six goals and two assists. Kristen White racked up five goals and three assists.