Yale Seeks Second Straight Win
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - When the Yale men's soccer team walks off the Reese Stadium field for the final time in 2009 following Saturday's game with Brown, they should take a good look around. Because in 2010, the stadium will have a much different look. Construction of Phase II of the Reese Stadium Project will commence on Nov. 9 and will consist of a new stadium structure which will include four team rooms, expanded bleachers, a press box, VIP seating areas and an entryway plaza. It will also feature the names of all former soccer and lacrosse players on the archways leading into the stadium. Kickoff for the final home game of 2009 is slated for 4:30 p.m.
Prior to kickoff, Yale's five seniors - Jon Carlos, Travis Chulick, Kevin Pope, Jordan Raybould and Justin Song - will be honored. During their careers, the five have combined to play in 266 games and help the Bulldogs to nearly 30 victories.
"The senior class is the foundation for our `team-first' approach and has been instrumental in setting a high standard for technical skill, hard work and team spirit," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "The most impressive thing about every one of them is the degree to which they have grown as leaders on and off the field and the remarkable contributions they have made as role models and mentors for their teammates. They have represented Yale with great distinction and they will be missed by players and coaches alike."
Carlos has played in every game during his career. This year he is tied for the team-lead with four assists, all of which have come in Yale wins. In his junior year, he scored both of his goals in a victory over Stony Brook and assisted on the game-winning goal in overtime against Army. In his sophomore year, he was fourth on the team in goals and points and was named the Ivy League Player of the Week following a win over Columbia, and in his freshmen year, he earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition after starting 16 games.
Chulick has been Yale's starting goalkeeper in each of the last two years. As a senior this fall he has started 14 games, posting five victories, including a shutout of Central Connecticut. As a junior, he played every minute of every game, finishing second in the Ivy League in save percentage and saves and tied for second in shutouts. One of his top performances came against 15th-ranked UConn when he made seven saves as the Bulldogs played a scoreless tie with the Huskies. His first career start came in his sophomore year and he responded by shutting out Stony Brook. He earned his first victory in his freshman year by playing the second half against Albany.
Pope has made important contributions since the day he arrived in New Haven. This season, despite battling an injury, he has played in 12 games. As a junior, he had a goal and an assist in Yale's victory over Columbia and had the game-winning goal against Stony Brook. In his sophomore year, he led the Bulldogs in goals and points. He scored in back-to-back games against UConn and Columbia. As a rookie, he appeared in 11 games and made his first career start against Drake.
Raybould is the second member of his family to serve as the captain of the Bulldogs joining his older brother Ryan. He has started 57 games in his career and all three of his goals have been game-winners. This season he has been the undisputed leader of the team, while appearing in all 15 games. As a junior he was one of only three players to start all 17 games and finished tied for second on the team in assists. In his sophomore year, he earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition after notching all of his points in Ivy games. He made an immediate impact as a freshman and was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week following a win over Princeton.
Song has appeared in 50 games in his career. This season he has helped anchor Yale's defense and tallied an assist against SMU. As a junior he was the recipient of the Frank Dunne Award as the team's most improved player after starting nine games and notching his first career point, an assist in a victory over Quinnipiac. In his sophomore year he appeared in nine games and as a freshman he started the first game of his career against Marist.
The Bears (8-2-5, 3-2 Ivy) have been nationally ranked for much of the season and have outscored their opponents 26-13. Sean Rosa leads the team in assists (6) and points (14). Nick Elenz-Martin has a team-high five goals.
Last year in Providence, Aden Farina-Henry and Sam Post scored to lift the Bulldogs to a 2-0 victory over Brown.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity