Bulldogs Open Season With Weekend Trip To Washington DC
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Eight home games, including two against state rivals, highlight the 2018 Yale women's soccer schedule. In addition, there are three first-time opponents among the 17 games. The Bulldogs kickoff the season with a trip to Washington DC for games against Howard on Aug. 24 and Georgetown on Aug. 26.
Here are notes on another challenging schedule for Rudy Meredith's squad:
- Georgetown provides a good early-season test. The Hoyas are the defending Big East regular season and tournament champions. They fell to Wake Forest on penalty kicks in the NCAA Tournament.
- Central Connecticut (Aug. 30) and Sacred Heart (Oct. 24) are the two in-state opponents that will visit Reese Stadium.
- The Pioneers are one of two opponents that will feature first-year head coaches. Matt Micros has taken over SHU's program, while Leigh Howard is the new coach at Marist after helping Bucknell to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances as the associate head coach.
- Expect a well-played and close game when the Bulldogs travel to Colgate on Labor Day. Both Meredith and Colgate head coach Kathy Brawn have been at their respective schools for more than 20 years and have built very successful programs. The Red Raiders return nine starters and four All-Patriot League players from a team that won 10 games a year ago.
- Fordham (Sept. 6), LIU Brooklyn (Sept. 13) and Robert Morris (Sept. 16) are playing Yale for the first time.
- There will be a familiar face on the sideline when LIU Brooklyn visits Reese. Eleri Earnshaw, who spent three seasons on Meredith's staff as an assistant coach, will begin her second season as the head coach of the Blackbirds in 2018. Earnshaw was an All-NEC selection as a player at LIU in 2007.
- Ivy League play begins when Princeton comes to New Haven on Sept. 22. The Bulldogs then play their next three league games on the road.
- The Bulldogs will honor their eight seniors prior to the final home game of the regular season on Oct. 27 vs. Columbia.
- The regular season wraps up Nov. 3 at Brown.
- Video of all eight home games and the four Ivy League road games will be available on ESPN+.
The Bulldogs are coming off a season that saw them finish with an 11-4-2 record, the most overall wins since 2007. In addition, Yale was unbeaten (6-0-2) at home for the first time since 2005 and finished third in the Ivy League with a 4-2-1 record.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity