September 24, 2012

Bulldogs Host No. 2 UConn Tuesday At Reese Stadium

Yale Unbeaten In Its Last Four Games

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's soccer team seems to be peaking at just the right time. The Bulldogs, who open Ivy League play later this week against Harvard, are unbeaten in their last four games but face their biggest challenge of the season Tuesday night when No. 2 UConn visits Reese Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

The game will be televised in Connecticut on tape delay on Thursday night at 8 p.m. by CPTV Sports.

Yale (3-3-2) has outscored its opponents 5-1 during the unbeaten streak, and five different players have scored. Peter Jacobson, Scott Armbrust and Jenner Fox all share the team lead with five points.

The Bulldogs are coming off an impressive 2-1 victory over Marist on Sunday. Kevin Michalak scored the game-winning goal at 70:37. For his efforts, Michalak was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll.

Defensively, Yale has yielded only two goals in its last six games. Goalkeeper Bobby Thalman is second in the league with 37 saves and third with an .860 save percentage.

Thalman and his defensive mates will be facing a potent UConn offense, led by Mamadou Diouf, who has six goals. Since tying Boston University 1-1 on Sept. 12, the Huskies have won three consecutive games by a combined score of 11-0.

Yale is the third Ivy League opponent for UConn, who beat Dartmouth 2-1 in overtime and blanked Harvard 6-0.

Yale and UConn are playing for the 66th time, and the Huskies lead the series 34-27-4, including victories in the last three meetings. The Bulldogs' last victory was a 1-0 decision in 2003. Last year in Storrs, Nickardo Blake scored with 1:01 left in the second overtime period to lead UConn, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation at the time, to a 1-0 win.

No. 2 UConn at Yale - Tuesday, 7 p.m.

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Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity