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A Closer Look At The 2014 Schedule

(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs To Play Nine Games In Reese Stadium

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – One month from today, the Yale men's soccer team kicks off the 2014 season. The Bulldogs host Sacred Heart in the first of nine games in the friendly confines of Reese Stadium. The Pioneers are one of many familiar faces on the schedule, but there are also a few newcomers. Iona, Manhattan and Temple will all face Yale for the first time.

For those that can't make it to Reese Stadium, there are still ways to follow the action. Live stats will be available for all home games and likely all of the road contests. In addition, fans can watch all of the home games and the Ivy League road games via the Ivy League Digital Network.

Here is a closer look at the 2014 schedule.  

Sept. 5    SACRED HEART, 5 p.m.

Notes: Peter Jacobson'14  scored three goals, the first hat trick by a Yale player in nearly a decade, in last year's 4-1 victory over the Pioneers. Bulldogs have won two straight over Sacred Heart.

Sept. 9    IONA, 7 p.m.

Notes: First meeting between the teams.  Iona's Ignacio Maganto was selected as the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year. Gaels projected to finish third in the MAAC.

Sept. 12  at Fairfield, 7 p.m.

Notes: Home opener for the Stags, who are picked fourth in the MAAC preseason poll. Four of the last five games between the teams ended with a 1-0 final score.

Sept. 14   at Rhode Island, 4 p.m.               

Notes: Yale leads the all-time series12-4. First meeting between the teams since 2011.

Sept. 19   MANHATTAN, 7 p.m.

Notes: Another MAAC opponent. Jaspers picked fifth in MAAC preseason poll. First meeting between the teams.

Sept. 21   CENTRAL CONNECTICUT, 3:30 p.m.

Notes: Rising junior Keith Bond scored his first career goal in last year's 2-0 victory over the Blue Devils.

Sept. 26    at Quinnipiac, 4 p.m.

Notes: Fourth MAAC opponent. Bobcats projected to finish second in the conference and had three players named to MAAC preseason team.

Sept. 30     FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON, 7 p.m.

Notes: Knights' head coach Seth Roland is in his 18th season at the helm of the program. He has guided the program to six NCAA Tournament appearances and is the winningest soccer coach in school history.

Oct. 4   at Harvard, 7 p.m.

Notes: Last six games between these two rivals have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie, including last year's 2-1 Yale victory that saw the Bulldogs score twice in the final 2:15.

Oct. 11   at Dartmouth, 7 p.m.

Notes: Home team has won the last four games in the series.

Oct. 14     TEMPLE, 7 p.m.

Notes: First ever meeting between the team. Temple is coming off a 10-win season. Two Owls, Robert Sagel  Miguel Polley, were selected to attend the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Player Training Camp last May.

Oct. 18   at Cornell, 4 p.m.

Notes: Teams played a spirited scoreless tie in New Haven last fall.

Oct. 25     PENN, 7 p.m.

Notes: The Quakers are the defending Ivy League champions and fell to Providence on penalty kicks in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Oct. 28    at Connecticut, 7 p.m.

Notes: Huskies advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament last fall before losing to Virginia.

Nov. 1     COLUMBIA, 7 p.m.

Notes: In three of the last four meetings, game has ended in a tie, including a wild 3-3 affair last year in New York City.

Nov. 8 at Brown, 4 p.m.

Notes: Bears return first team All-Ivy selection Tariq Akeel

Nov. 15  PRINCETON, 3 p.m.

Notes: Tigers finished third in the Ivy League a year ago and return four first team All-Ivy selections.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity