Sept. 5, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After nearly two weeks of pre-season preparation, the Yale men's soccer team is ready to kickoff the 2008 campaign. The Bulldogs host Maine on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Reese Stadium. Live stats from the game will be available on GameTracker.
"Pre-season has gone well and the focus and commitment of the players has been very good," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "They are determined to compete hard and make a positive statement this weekend."
The Bulldogs feature a deep and talented defense, anchored by captain Alex Guzinski. Seniors Markus Jackson, Max Rhodes and Frank Piasta along with junior Jordan Raybould are also experienced defenders.
The Black Bears will already have played three games by the time they get to New Haven. Maine split the first two and plays at Sacred Heart on Friday. Dimitri Anastasiou scored the only goal as the Black Bears edged Adelphi last Sunday after falling to Rhode Island 2-1 in their season opener. Nemanja Kostic started the first two games in goal and had an .867 save percentage. Pat Laughlin is in his second season as the head coach at Maine.
"I believe Maine has the potential to be one of the most improved teams in the Northeast this season," Tompkins said. "They have an excellent coach who has attracted some very good players into the program. We are looking forward to a challenging game."
Sunday is the first meeting between Yale and Maine.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity