Bulldogs Back At Home To Host Quinnipiac

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Tyler Detorie. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)

First Home Game In Two Weeks For Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's soccer team finally returns to the friendly confines of Reese Stadium this weekend. The Bulldogs host local rival Quinnipiac on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Here are storylines for the game:

•  After playing five of their first six games on the road, the Bulldogs have five of their next six at Reese.

• The support of a home crowd will sound good to the Yale players. The Bulldogs played in two of the most hostile environments in all of college soccer last weekend. More than 3,000 fans were on hand at Harder Stadium for Friday's 3-1 loss to UC Santa Barbara and nearly 1,500 were in attendance at Sunday's heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss to Cal Poly.

• While the results weren't what they were looking for, the Bulldogs played well in the two games in California against teams that are both receiving votes in this week's NSCAA national poll. Yale yielded only two shots in the second half against UC Santa Barbara and scored the first two goals against Cal Poly.

Scott Armbrust was Yale's top playmaker in the two games last weekend. He set up Cody Wilkins' goal against UC Santa Barbara and also tallied an assist on Cameron Kirdzik's goal against Cal Poly.

Peter Jacobson shares the Ivy League lead in goals (4) and points (9). Jacobson scored Yale's second goal against Cal Poly.

• Saturday is Yale's final game before the start of Ivy League play. The Bulldogs host Harvard on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.

• Yale and Quinnipiac have played some spirited games in recent years. Last year in Hamden, Armbrust scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half. Avery Schwartz had the assist, which was the first point of his career. Each of the last four games between the teams have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie.

•Yale is the final non-conference opponent for the Bobcats, who have a 1-3-3 overall record.

• Quinnipiac is in its inaugural season as a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

• Goalkeeper Borja Angoitia is a two-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Week selection. He made a season-high 10 saves to help the Bobcats earn a scoreless tie with Army on Sept. 18. He has played every minute of every game so far this season and has a .767 save percentage.

• Simon Hinde has scored four of Quinnipiac's six goals on the season.

Yale All-Access will have video coverage of the game. Live stats also will be available. 

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity