Non-League Play Ends At No. 15 UConn

Oct. 21, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's soccer team plays its final non-league game of the season at 15th-ranked UConn on Wednesday night. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Morrone Stadium and fans can follow live stats of the game on GameTracker from uconnhuskies.com.

Both teams have been involved in a number of close games this season. Twelve of UConn's 14 games have either ended in a tie or been decided by one goal, while Yale has played one tie and had five games decided by one goal.

The Bulldogs (5-6-1) are coming off an impressive 3-0 victory at Cornell on Saturday. Three players - Frank Piasta, Charlie Neil and Chris Dennen - scored their first career goal in the game. Both Piasta and Neil were named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday. Goalkeeper Travis Chulick recorded his sixth shutout of the season.

UConn (7-3-4) has won two straight games, including a 2-0 victory over Dartmouth. The Huskies are led by O'Brian White, the recipient of the 2007 Missouri Athletic Club (M.A.C.) Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious individual award in intercollegiate soccer. The award is the official National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Player of the Year award. White leads UConn in goals (6) and points (14) this year.

UConn has won the last two meetings between the teams, including a hard-fought 2-1 decision last year at Reese Stadium. Yale's last win over the Huskies came in 2003, 1-0.

"There is always something of a David vs. Goliath quality to playing UConn, and it represents a tremendous challenge for our players," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "They responded very well as the underdogs in last year's game, but we know that it will be more difficult in front of the fans in Storrs. We will need to play with confidence and composure against a team that could well be in this year's NCAA final four."

The game is being taped by Cox Sports Television and aired on CST on Thursday night at 7 p.m. CST is available in certain parts of Connecticut and Rhode Island.

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Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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