Yale Meets Hofstra, South Carolina At Brown Tournament

Dale Peterson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Dale Peterson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's soccer team opened the season against UConn and Fairfield, two teams that are regulars on the schedule. This weekend the Bulldogs will face some less familiar opposition at the Brown Classic. Yale meets Hofstra on Friday at 5 p.m. and South Carolina on Sunday at noon. Both games are at Brown's Stevenson Field.

The Bulldogs (0-2) are coming off a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime loss to Fairfield on Tuesday. Andy Shorten scored his second goal of the season to give Yale a 1-0 lead, but the Stags tied it midway through the second half and then got the game-winner in the second overtime period. The Bulldogs had a couple of good chances to win in the first extra session. Peter Jacobson accepted a pass from Shorten on the left side and put a shot toward the lower right corner, but Fairfield goalkeeper Michael O'Keeffe dove and made the stop. A minute later, Shorten ran toward a loose ball in the box, but O'Keeffe won the race and cradled the ball before the Yale forward could get off a clean shot.

Like Yale, Hofstra is a young team. The Pride (1-2) has 13 freshmen on its roster, five of whom started the game against Iona. Mike Annarumma and Brett Carrington have scored goals for Hofstra. Junior goalkeeper Greg Cumpstone is already tied for third in school history with 11 career shutouts. The Pride is coached by Richard Nuttall, who is in his 22nd season and has won 193 games.

Yale and Hofstra are playing for the first time since 2002, a 1-0 Pride victory.

The Bulldogs are playing South Carolina, one of the premier programs in the nation, for the first time. The Gamecocks, who play Brown on Friday, have made 18 NCAA Tournament appearances since 1978. Mark Berson, one of 11 Division I coaches with at least 400 victories, is in his 33rd season at the helm. South Carolina (2-1) is coming off a 2-0 victory over Clemson last Friday.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity