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Yale In National Spotlight; Bulldogs Play At Princeton Friday On Fox Soccer Channel

(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Look To Close Out Season On Winning Note

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The 2009 Yale men's soccer season will end in the national spotlight when the Bulldogs take on Princeton on Friday night. Kickoff at Princeton's Roberts Stadium is set for at 8:07 p.m. and the game will be televised live by the Fox Soccer Channel as part of its NSCAA College Game of the Week package. Steve Bell will handle the play-by-play, while Keith Tabatznik provides analysis. The Fox Soccer Channel is available on DirecTV (619), Dish Network (149) and many cable outlets, including Comcast.

"Having the game on FSC will allow us to showcase our program and the Ivy League to a national television audience of fans, friends, alumni and potential recruits," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "The players are excited to have the rare opportunity to play in the national spotlight and we anticipate an exciting game of attacking soccer between two highly-motivated teams."

The Bulldogs (5-8-3, 2-4 Ivy) are coming off a hard-fought 2-1 loss to Brown last Saturday at Reese Stadium. All four of Yale's league losses have come by one goal, including two in overtime. Brad Rose and Scott Armbrust share the team lead with six goals apiece. Armbrust was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday after scoring in the game with Brown. Travis Chulick has started 15 games in goal and has a 1.41 goals against average.

Princeton (8-5-3, 3-2-1 Ivy) is currently fourth in the Ivy League, but only three-points behind first-place Harvard. As a result, the Tigers could still earn a share of the Ivy title but will need a number of results to go in their favor this weekend. Princeton is unbeaten (4-0-2) in its last six games and was 14th in the latest Division I RPI released by the NCAA on Tuesday. Josh Walburn has tallied six goals and a team-best five assists to lead the team with 17 points. Goalkeeper Sean Lynch has started all 16 games and has a 1.18 goals against average.

Yale is unbeaten in its last six games with Princeton. The two teams played a spirited 2-2 tie last year at Reese Stadium. Aden Farina-Henry scored the tying goal midway through the second half.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity