Visits From Harvard, UConn Highlight 2013 Schedule

The Yale men's soccer huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
The Yale men's soccer huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Open Season With Pair Of Road Contests

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Local fans won't have many early opportunities to see the Yale men's soccer team at Reese Stadium. The Bulldogs play just one of their first six games at home. That doesn't mean it isn't an enticing schedule. Arch-rival Harvard and perennial NCAA power UConn will both visit Reese Stadium in October. In all, Yale plays seven home games. The 10-game road schedule is highlighted by Yale's first trip to California since 1994.

Here is a closer look at the 2013 schedule:

Fri., Sept. 6            at Fordham                      5 p.m.

Note: Bulldogs make their first trip to the Bronx. Teams played a scoreless tie in New Haven last fall.

Tues. Sept. 10       at Sacred Heart              4:30 p.m.

Note: Jenner Fox and Peter Jacobson scored for the Bulldogs in 2-0 win over Pioneers last year.

Fri., Sept. 13         FAIRFIELD                       7 p.m.

Note: Home opener and the first of only two home games in September.

Sun., Sept. 15        at Lehigh                          1 p.m.

Note: Last three games between the teams have ended 1-0.

Fri., Sept. 20         at UC Santa Barbara        7 p.m.

Note: Gauchos feature 2012 Big West Freshman Of The Year Ema Boateng. Team averaged nearly 5,000 fans in 13 home dates last year and advanced to third round of NCAA Tournament.

Sun., Sept. 22      at Cal Poly                          1 p.m.

Note: First meeting between the teams. Mustangs were 11-7-1 overall last year.

Sat., Sept. 28       QUINNIPIAC                       7 p.m.

Note: Scott Armbrust scored the only goal of the game as the Bulldogs knocked off the Bobcats in Hamden last fall. Yale is 12-0-2 all-time against Quinnipiac.

Sat., Oct. 5            HARVARD                           7 p.m.

Pieter Lehrer, who was the associate head coach at Cal, will be in his first season at the helm of Harvard's program. Last five games between the teams have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie.

Tues., Oct. 8         at Albany                            7 p.m.

Note: First trip to New York's capital for the Bulldogs. Teams meeting for the third time and each as one victory.

Sat., Oct. 12        DARTMOUTH                       7 p.m.

Note: Four of Dartmouth's seven losses last year came in overtime. Chad Riley, as assistant coach for the Big Green last year, promoted to head coach.

Sat., Oct. 19        CORNELL                            3:30 p.m.

Note: Big Red claimed its first outright Ivy League title since 1997 last fall, finished the season ranked 20th in the nation and lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Tues., Oct. 22       CONNECTICUT                   7 p.m.

Note: Huskies have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 15 years. Lost to Creighton 1-0 in the quarterfinals last year.

Sat., Oct. 26          at Penn                              7:30 p.m.

Note: Peter Jacobson scored the game-winning goal with 2:12 remaining and Yale playing a man down in the Bulldogs' 2-1 victory last year.

Tues., Oct. 29       at Central Connecticut       7 p.m.

Note: Blue Devils must replace 2012 Northeast Conference Player of the Year Reece Wilson, who graduated.

Sat., Nov. 2        at Columbia                          4 p.m.

Note: Bulldogs are 4-1 in their last five games at Columbia.

Sat., Nov. 9       BROWN                                 4 p.m.

Note: The eight seniors playing their final regular season home game will be honored prior to kickoff.

Sat., Nov. 16     at Princeton                           3 p.m.

Note: Tigers took an international training trip to Barcelona in March to help prepare for the 2013 season.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity