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Bulldogs Set For Short Trip To Sacred Heart

Peter Jacobson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Peter Jacobson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Unbeaten In Its Last Three Games Against Pioneers

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's soccer team played one of its best games of the season last year in a 2-0 victory over Sacred Heart at Reese Stadium. The Bulldogs will look to duplicate that performance when they travel to Fairfield to meet the Pioneers on Tuesday. Kickoff at Campus Field is slated for 4:30 p.m.

Here is the key information for the game between the two Connecticut rivals.

•  The 2-0 final score was a bit deceiving in Yale's season opening loss to Fordham on Friday. The Bulldogs created good scoring chances and at times carried the play. Yale, though, struggled to finish, something that was a problem at times last season as well. The Bulldogs didn't score their first goal last year until the fifth game. They don't want to wait as long  again this fall.

•  Peter Jacobson was Yale's most dangerous player in Friday's game. He had four of the Bulldogs' nine shots, including three that were on goal. Jacobson has enjoyed great success against Sacred Heart in his career. He has scored in each of his previous three games against the Pioneers.

•  Senior Cody Wilkins returned to Yale's lineup against Fordham. Wilkins had missed all of last year and half of the 2011 season with an injury.

•  Sacred Heart (2-3) is playing its second straight Ivy League opponent. The Pioneers were blanked 5-0 at Penn on Sunday. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak.

•  Sacred Heart has allowed 13 goals in its five games.

•  Aaron Burrell leads SHU with two goals. Three other players have scored once.

•  The Pioneers were picked to finish fourth in the Northeast Conference preseason poll.

•  Yale leads the all-time series between the teams 5-2-2 and is unbeaten in the last three meetings.

•  Live stats and video will be available for the game.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity