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First Of Three Straight Road Games Wednesday At Sacred Heart

Cody Wilkins (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity
Cody Wilkins (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity

Bulldogs Face Pioneers In Final Non-Conference Game

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's soccer team plays its final non-league game of the season Wednesday at Sacred Heart. Kickoff at Campus Field in Fairfield is slated for 8 p.m.

The game figures to be low scoring. Yale (6-5-1, 2-1 Ivy) has allowed the second fewest goals (11) in the Ivy League. Goalkeeper Bobby Thalman leads the league in saves (64) and save percentage (.853) and is third in goals against average (0.89).

Offensively, Peter Jacobson has a team-leading four goals, while Brad Rose tops the team with 11 points (3 goals, 5 assists).

The Bulldogs are coming off a 2-0 loss to Cornell on Saturday. Yale is tied for second place in the league with Dartmouth and Brown. All three teams have six points, three less than first-place Cornell.

Sacred Heart (7-4-2, 3-1-2 NEC) hasn't allowed more than one goal in a game since Sept. 27. Goalkeeper Alex Fait has played every minute of every game and has a 0.74 goals against average. Marcello Castro leads the Pioneers with four goals.

Sacred Heart also is involved in a tight league race. With 11 points, the Pioneers are one behind second-place Central Connecticut and two in back of first-place Fairleigh Dickinson.

Yale topped SHU 2-1 in overtime last year in New Haven. Andy Hackbarth scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick. Jacobson also scored. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 4-2-1.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity