2010 Season Kicks Off At 10th-Ranked UConn

Andy Shorten (Photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Andy Shorten (Photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Young Bulldogs Excited For Start Of Campaign

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's soccer team will kick off the 2010 season against a familiar opponent. The Bulldogs travel to Storrs on Saturday to meet 10th-ranked Connecticut. Kickoff at Morrone Stadium is slated for 7:30 p.m. Yale and UConn, who have had some memorable meetings over the years, will be playing for the 64th time.

The Bulldogs return the top three scorers from last year's team, including senior Brad Rose, who had a team-best 16 points (6 goals, 4 assists) and was a second team All-Ivy selection. That offense will face a stiff test in UConn goalkeeper Josh Ford, a senior who already holds the school record for most shutouts (40) in a career.

Yale's defense is young, but many of the key players gained valuable experience last year. Head Coach Brian Tompkins also has brought in a talented freshman class that should contribute immediately.

The Huskies, who opened the season with a 2-0 victory over St. Francis, N.Y., were ranked 10th in Soccer America's preseason poll. UConn has advanced to the NCAA College Cup in each of the last 12 years.

On their last trip to Storrs in 2008, the Bulldogs played UConn to a scoreless tie. The Huskies, ranked sixth in the nation at the time, edged Yale 2-0 last year at Reese Stadium.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity