Season Kicks Off With Trip To Fordham

Scott Armbrust. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity) Buy Now
Scott Armbrust. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Open On Road For Second Straight Year

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's soccer team kicks off the 2013 season with a trip to Fordham. The Bulldogs and Rams meet Friday at 5 p.m. at Jack Coffey Field.

Here are the key storylines for the game.

* While Yale will be playing for the first time, Fordham has two games under its belt. The Rams split two games at the James Madison Invitational last weekend, falling 2-1 to JMU and then rallying for a 2-1 victory over Virginia Tech.

* The Bulldogs return their top three leading scorers from a year ago – Scott Armbrust, Peter Jacobson and Jenner Fox. Still Yale scored only nine goals last season, so the Bulldogs will be hoping for a little more firepower in 2013.

* Friday will be the first opportunity for Nick Alers to impress the Senior CLASS Award selection committee. Alers, a three-time All-Ivy defender, was named as one of 30 candidates for the prestigious award last month.

* Yale will need to get used to playing away from home. Five of the first six games are on the road.

* The Bulldogs are 2-2-1 in their last five season openers.

* Yale and Fordham played a spirited scoreless tie in New Haven last year. The Bulldogs had an 11-8 advantage in shots in a relatively evenly played match. The only other meeting between the teams was a 2-1 Yale victory in 1990.

* Fordham was picked to finish sixth in the 13-team Atlantic 10 conference. Freshman Andrew Hickey was named to the Conference's Preseason All-Rookie Team. Hickey has one of the Rams' three goals on the season.

Pay-per-view video and Live Stats will both be available for the game.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity