Bulldogs Face Very Challenging Slate
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith has never been shy about scheduling difficult opponents, and 2010 certainly won't be an exception. The Bulldogs will play four of their first five games against teams that reached the NCAA College Cup last year, and the one exception was ranked as high as 11th in the nation at one point in the season. Yale's 17-game schedule includes nine contests in newly renovated Reese Stadium.
A pair of Big Ten foes will come to New Haven to kick off the season. Yale hosts Penn State on Friday, Sept. 3. The Nittany Lions have won 12 straight Big Ten championships and have a 125-16-8 all-time Big Ten record. Illinois is one of the contenders to end PSU's streak, and the Illini visit Reese Stadium two days later.
After a visit to UConn, which reached the second round of the NCAA College Cup last year, the Bulldogs will meet two of the ACC's top teams. Yale plays at Duke on Sept. 12 and then travels to Boston College on Sept. 15. BC reached the Elite Eight of the College Cup last year before falling to Stanford.
Sacred Heart (Sept. 17) kicks off a stretch of four straight home games that includes a visit from Syracuse (Sept. 19) of the Big East and the Ivy League opener against Princeton on Sept. 25. The homestand concludes on Sept. 28 against Marist.
Yale's first Ivy road game is at defending champion Harvard on Oct. 2. After a trip to St. Peter's on Oct. 5, the Bulldogs play two more league road games – at Dartmouth on Oct. 9 and at Cornell on Oct. 16. Holy Cross (Oct. 19) comes to town in the last non-league game before the home portion of the schedule concludes with visits from Penn (Oct. 23) and Columbia (Oct. 30). The regular season ends at Brown on Nov. 6.
Yale returns eight starters from last year's team that finished with a 10-6 overall record and a 5-2 Ivy League mark, which was good for second place. The Bulldogs have won at least 10 games in four of last six years.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity