Bulldogs Host No. 11 Princeton On Senior Day
Season Finale Against Tigers Now Starts At 3 p.m.
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The final game of 2010 season may be the most difficult for the Yale men's soccer team. The Bulldogs host 11th-ranked Princeton at Reese Stadium. The start time of the game is now 3 p.m. (it had been originally scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m.). The Tigers, who have won 11 straight games, have already clinched the Ivy League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Five Yale seniors – Eric Meyer, Dale Peterson, Brad Rose, Sebastian Serra and Andy Shorten – will be playing the final game of their careers and will be honored prior to kickoff.
Meyer has appeared in all 16 games this year and leads the team in assists. Last week, he was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 1 first team, the second time in his career he has earned Academic All-District honors. An injury limited him to nine games in his junior year, but as a sophomore he led the team with nine points. In his rookie year in 2007, he started 14 games, the most of any newcomer.
Peterson has played in 35 games in his career. This year he has made a solid contribution in the midfield. As a junior he started a career-high eight games. His first career start came in his freshman season against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Even after graduating this spring, he will still have a family connection to the Yale soccer program. His younger brother Kevin is currently a sophomore midfielder for the Bulldogs.
Rose has been a scoring threat throughout his career. Unfortunately an injury has limited him to only two games this fall. Last year, he earned second team All-Ivy recognition after leading the team with 16 points. In addition, he tied for the team lead in goals (6) and assists (4). As a freshman, he tied for the team-lead in assists and was second in points. He earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors after scoring and adding an assist in a win over Princeton.
Serra scored the first goal of his career earlier this season against Dartmouth. In all he has played in 43 games during his time at Yale. As a junior, he was the recipient of the team's Bob Holliday Award for spirit and dedication. In his rookie season he appeared in 14 games and made the first start of his career against Army.
Shorten, the team captain, leads the Bulldogs in goals and points this season. He is one of only three players to start all 16 games and scored the game-winning goal against Cornell. In his junior year he was an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District second team selection. In his rookie season he finished third on the team points and tied for second in goals. His first career goal came in Yale's 4-1 victory over Columbia that year.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity