Bulldogs Travel To FDU, Host Marist This Weekend

Peter Jacobson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Peter Jacobson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Red Foxes Visit Reese Stadium Sunday

Yale at Fairleigh Dickinson, Friday – 7 p.m.

Marist at Yale, Sunday – 1 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – One of the encouraging signs for the Yale men's soccer team early in the 2011 season is what seems to be a much-improved offense. The Bulldogs have scored five goals in their first four games after hitting the back of the net only 10 times all of last season. Yale figures to need that offensive production this weekend against a pair of challenging opponents. The Bulldogs travel to Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday at 7 p.m. and then have a home date with Marist on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Reese Stadium.

Even more impressive is that Yale has had a balanced attack thus far. The five goals have come from five different players – Jenner Fox, Charlie Neil, Peter Jacobson, Max Morice and Max McKiernan. Fox, who had a goal and an assist in last Friday's victory over Quinnipiac, was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday.

The Bulldogs have also been stingy on defense. Goalkeeper Bobby Thalman leads the Ivy League in saves (25) and save percentage (.833).

Fairleigh Dickinson (3-1) is coming off a 2-1 overtime victory against Princeton last Friday. Jack McVey scored the winning goal on a penalty kick. The Knights also have victories over Navy and NJIT.

Yale and FDU have played some memorable games. Four of the five meetings between the teams have been decided by one goal, including one in overtime. The Knights blanked the Bulldogs 1-0 in New Haven last year.

Marist has a 3-1-1 overall record and hosts NJIT on Wednesday night. The Red Foxes, ranked fourth in the North Atlantic Region, average more than two goals per game. Stephan Brossard leads the way with five goals.

Yale and Marist are playing for only the second time. The Bulldogs blanked the Red Foxes 3-0 in 2006.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity