Sept. 11, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - For the second time in the last three years, the Yale women's soccer team will host a tournament. The 2008 Yale Classic begins on Friday when Sacred Heart and Delaware meet at 5 p.m. The Bulldogs then host Western Carolina at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, Sacred Heart and Western Carolina play at 11:30 a.m. followed by Yale and Delaware at 1:30 p.m. Live stats for all of the games will be available from GameTracker at yalebulldogs.com.
The Bulldogs (1-2) are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss at Fairfield on Tuesday night. Protecting a lead has been a challenge for Yale early in the season. Both Fairfield and UConn, in the season opener, scored late in the second half to tie the score and then tallied the game-winners in overtime. Nevertheless, the Bulldogs received votes in this week's NSCAA national poll and were impressive in a 1-0 shutout win over previously unbeaten St. John's last Sunday.
Like Yale, Western Carolina (1-3) has been involved in a pair of overtime games, beating Butler 1-0 but falling to Belmont 2-1. WCU is celebrating the 10th anniversary of women's soccer. As part of the celebration, the Catamount Athletic Department will announce a 10th Anniversary team as well as the "Top 10 Moments from the First 10 Years."
Delaware (2-1-1) has yielded only one goal in its first four games. The Blue Hens were picked to finish seventh in the Colonial Athletic Association pre-season poll. Forward Caitlyn Germain was named to the preseason All-CAA team. Scott Grzenda is the only head coach in Delaware women's soccer history. He is in his 19th season at the helm and has guided the Blue Hens to 175 wins.
Sacred Heart (0-4) was picked to finish fifth in the preseason Northeast Conference coaches poll. The Pioneers will be playing their next three games in Reese Stadium. Following the Yale Classic, they return to New Haven on Tuesday night to take on the Bulldogs at 7 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity