Challenging Schedule On Tap For Bulldogs In 2009

Challenging Schedule On Tap For Bulldogs In 2009

Yale Opens Season On Sept. 5 Against Quinnipiac

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A home date with perennial national power UConn and trips to New England rivals Boston College and Providence highlight the 2009 Yale men's soccer schedule. The Bulldogs will play eight of 17 games in the friendly confines of Reese Stadium, including matches with Ivy League foes Harvard, Dartmouth, Cornell and Brown.

The season kicks off on Sept. 5 against Quinnipiac. Yale then returns to the Brown Classic for the first time since 2004 to play Adelphi and SMU, which has reached the NCAA College Cup in 23 of the last 25 years. The Bulldogs take on Central Connecticut at Willow Brook Park in New Britain on Sept. 16 followed by home dates with St. Francis, N.Y., and Rhode Island. The final tune up before the start of Ivy play takes Yale to Sacred Heart on Sept. 29.

The Harvard game on Oct. 3 is the first of three straight against teams that reached the College Cup last year.  The trip to Boston College and a home date with Dartmouth, which shared last year's Ivy title, complete the difficult stretch. The Bulldogs then travel to Providence and host Cornell before UConn visits Reese Stadium on Oct. 20. Yale played a scoreless tie with the Huskies last year in Storrs. The season concludes with four straight Ivy games, three of which will be on the road against Penn (Oct. 24), Columbia (Oct. 31) and Princeton (Nov. 13). Yale hosts Brown on Senior Day on Nov. 7.

"As always we are looking to test ourselves against the highest level competition from around the region and the country," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "Having perennial powerhouse programs like Connecticut, Boston College and SMU on our non-conference calendar will be a tremendous challenge for us.  The Ivy League will be as close as ever this year and we will use the experience gained from the non-league games to prepare us for what promises to be a tough conference season."

Yale returns 13 letterwinners from last year's team that finished 7-7-3 and 3-3-1 in league play.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity