NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College men’s soccer head coach Fernando Barboto announced the team’s 2013 schedule, highlighted by nine out of league contests before the Maroon & Gold begins play in the revamped Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
The nineteen game slate begins on Aug. 18 at Connecticut, as the Gaels and Huskies collide for the second straight season.
Iona travels to Temple on Aug. 24 before a pair of contests on the west coast. The team matches up with UC Riverside on Aug. 30 before taking on UC Irvine two days later, on Sep. 1.
The Gaels begin their home schedule on Sep. 10 when they welcome Albany to Mazzella Field for a 3:00 pm start.
Iona returns to action four days later on Sep. 14 at Columbia. After a seven day layoff, the Gaels are back on the pitch at Hartwick on Sep. 21.
Iona returns to Mazzella Field for a two game homestand, wrapping up non-conference play against Delaware on Sep. 25 and Fairleigh Dickinson on Sep. 28.
The Maroon & Gold begins conference action with the league’s two newest members on the road. The Gaels visit Quinnipiac on Oct. 5 before heading to West Long Branch, NJ to take on Monmouth on Oct. 9. A season ago, the Gaels defeated the then No. 25 Hawks 3-1 at Mazzella Field.
The following week, Iona hosts Rider on Oct. 12 before welcoming in Fairfield on Oct. 16. Following a trip to Siena (Oct. 19), the Gaels finish their regular season with three of their final five games at home.
The Maroon & Gold hosts Marist (Oct. 23) and Niagara (Oct. 26). On Oct. 30, the squad travels to Jersey City to play Saint Peter’s and then to Buffalo, NY to take on Canisius in its final two road contests. On Nov. 6, the Gaels close the regular season at home against Manhattan at 3:00 pm.
The 2013 MAAC Championship will be played Nov. 15-17 at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY with the top four teams in the league standings qualifying for postseason play.
With the 2013 season quickly approaching, Iona looks to build on its 2012 campaign, when the squad earned its fourth consecutive trip to the MAAC Championship. Rising senior tri-captains Samuel Adjei, Franklin Castellanos and Alexander Abdallalook to lead an Iona squad that includes 19 returnees and 11 newcomers. Ajdei and Castellanos combined for 19 points a season ago while Abdalla returns after missing the 2012 season with a knee injury.