Bulldogs Head Back To Brown Tournament For First Time Since 2004

Justin Song. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Justin Song. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Plays Adelphi & SMU

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's soccer team has had some memorable moments at Brown's Tournament over the years. In 1999, the Bulldogs knocked off defending NCAA champion Indiana and three years later, they defeated another NCAA champion in North Carolina. Yale hopes to make some more memories this weekend when it returns to the tournament for the first time since 2004. The Bulldogs play Adelphi on Friday at 5 p.m. and SMU on Sunday at noon.

Yale opened the season by playing a 1-1 tie with Quinnipiac last Saturday. Freshman Scott Armburst made an immediate impact in his first game by scoring in the final minute of the first half. The Bulldogs outshot the Bobcats 9-4 in the second half and had a number of quality scoring chances.

"We have two very good opponents this weekend and we will be looking to build on some of the positives from last week," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "We know both games will be difficult, but they will be great experience for our youngsters as we prepare for our league season."

Adelphi (1-0-1) is coming off a 2-1 victory over Fordham last Saturday. Michael Aquino and Kris Nosworthy scored for the Panthers, who began the season by playing a scoreless tie with Georgetown. Adelphi's Thorne Holder was named the Atlantic Soccer Conference Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday after posting the shutout against Georgetown and allowing one late goal to Fordham.

SMU (1-1-0) earned a split in the Radisson Tulsa Airport Classic, losing to now No. 1 Akron 1-0, and then beating Seattle 4-0. Akron did not score during the course of play against SMU - the only goal came on a 56th minute penalty kick. Paulo da Silva posted the second multi-goal game of his career, and Dane Saintus matched career highs in assists and points (1 G, 2 A), in the Mustangs' 4-0 win over Seattle. SMU, which received votes in this week's NSCAA national poll, has reached the NCAA College Cup in 23 of the last 25 years.

"SMU is a traditional powerhouse, and they are synonymous with skillful attacking soccer," Tompkins said. "Playing them will be a great opportunity to measure ourselves against one of the country's best."

Yale and Adelphi will be playing for the first time since 1997, and the Bulldogs hold a 3-2 advantage in the series. SMU won the only previous meeting with Yale, 5-2 in 2004.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity