Bulldogs Open Season Friday At CCSU; Home Opener Monday Vs. Albany

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Bobby Thalman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Looking To Build On Last Year's Eight-Win Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Last fall, Yale's 2-0 home victory over a Central Connecticut squad that went on tie for the Northeast Conference regular season title was the springboard to a successful season.  The Bulldogs hope to start 2012 in similarly impressive fashion when they travel to CCSU on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Yale then plays its home opener on Labor Day, hosting Albany at 2 p.m.

Yale, which went 8-7-2 overall last year, has received some preseason accolades. Four players earned preseason all-conference recognition from CollegeSportsMadness.com. Defender Nick Alers was named to the Ivy League first team, while forward Peter Jacobson, midfielder Max McKiernan and goalkeeper Bobby Thalman were second team selections. Alers, Jacobson and McKiernan were also named Ivy League Players To Watch by TopDrawerSoccer.

Central Connecticut, which also will be playing its opener, has some players receiving national attention as well. Senior Reece Wilson earned a place on The Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) 2012 Hermann Trophy Watch List. Surprisingly the Blue Devils were selected to finish seventh in the annual preseason poll of Northeast Conference coaches, despite returning a strong core of players from a year ago.

Albany will be playing its third game when it comes to Reese Stadium on Monday. The Great Danes lost their opener 2-0 to Syracuse on Aug. 24 and will host Towson on Saturday. Albany was picked to finish in a tie for sixth place in the America East preseason poll.  The Great Danes return eight starters and 79.2 percent of their offensive production from last year's team that finished 6-10-3 overall.

Yale leads the all-time series with Central Connecticut 5-3-1. McKiernan and Max Morice scored for the Bulldogs in the victory over the Blue Devils last year. Yale and Albany have met only once before, a 1-0 Yale victory in 2006.

Yale at Central Connecticut, Friday – 7 p.m.

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Albany at Yale, Monday – 2 p.m.

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Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity