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Home Opener Set For Friday Vs. Fairfield

Jenner Fox. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jenner Fox. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Back On Road Sunday At Lehigh

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Local fans can get their first look at the Yale men's soccer team on Friday when the Bulldogs host state-rival Fairfield in the home opener at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium. Yale then heads back on the road to face Lehigh on Sunday. Kickoff at the Ulrich Sports Complex is slated for 1 p.m.

Here are storylines for the weekend:

•  Yale will be looking to carry over the momentum from Tuesday's impressive 4-1 win at Sacred Heart. Peter Jacobson scored three goals, the first hat trick by a Yale player since 2004, to lead the offense. Perhaps more importantly the Bulldogs got solid contributions from all 20 players that saw action. Two freshmen were also in on the scoring. Cameron Kirdzik scored his first career goal, and Henry Albrecht tallied his first career point, an assist on Jacobson's first career goal. Defensively, Yale limited Sacred Heart to just six shots.

•  The Bulldogs will be looking to avenge two of their most frustrating losses from last season. Yale fell 1-0 to both Fairfield and Lehigh in 2012. The Bulldogs outshot Fairfield 9-8 and had a 5-2 edge in corner kicks. One mistake resulted in the only goal of the game. George Newton stole the ball at the 25-yard line, took a few dribbles and fired a shot inside the near post with 18:32 remaining. It was also a late goal that doomed the Bulldogs against Lehigh. James Meyerkord scored with 2:10 left in the second half.

•  Lehigh brings back a special memory for Yale goalkeeper Blake Brown. Brown made his first career start last year against the Mountain Hawks. He played the first half, made three saves and did not a goal. This season, Brown has started both games in goal and has a 1.50 goals against average.

•  Fairfield (0-1-1) hasn't played since a 5-2 loss at Northeastern last Saturday. Jon Clements and Jake Zuniga have scored for the Stags this season.

•  Fairfield was picked to finish third in the 2013 MAAC Preseason Coaches poll. In addition, Jordan Ayris and Reco McLaren earned berths to the Preseason All-MAAC team.

•  Lehigh (0-2-1) hosts Drexel on Friday. The Mountain Hawks have not scored in their first three games.

•  Friday's home game marks the debut of Yale All-Access's men's soccer video coverage within the Ivy League Digital Network. Powered by NeuLion, Yale All-Access is now a part of the Ivy League's completely redesigned, nine-channel digital network that includes an easy-to-navigate interface, a League-wide network schedule and new interactive features, such as simultaneous four-game viewing, full DVR controls and social media integration. These new features enhance the viewing experience for the expanded range of events and other content offerings, all of which are available on computer, mobile and tablet devices all without the use of an app. Select games will be available in high definition. For more information, click here

•  In addition to the video, live stats will be available for Friday's game.

•  There also will be video and live stats for Sunday's game at Lehigh.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity