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Bulldogs Head West For Weekend

Will Emerson (Steve Musco photo)
Will Emerson (Steve Musco photo)

Play At Cal On Friday, Stanford On Sunday; Both Games Televised On Pac-12 Network

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's soccer team has its longest road trip of the season this weekend. The Bulldogs travel cross country to play at California on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) and No. 5 Stanford on Sunday at 4 p.m. (EDT). The Cardinal is the two-time defending NCAA champion. Both games will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network.

Here are notes on the trip:

* The Bulldogs (2-2) are coming off a hard-fought 1-0 loss last Saturday to a Vermont team that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year.

* Yale has gotten off to strong starts in its four games. The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 4-1 and outshot them 30-15 in the first half.

* Sophomore John Leisman was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday. Leisman, who leads the team with two goals, scored the game-winning goal in last Wednesday's 1-0 victory over Hartford.

* Goalkeeper Kees Schipper has played all 360 minutes in goal and has a 0.75 goals against average.

* The Bulldogs opened the season with a very deceiving 2-0 loss to Fairleigh Dickinson. The Knights are now 5-0 and ranked 21st in the nation. Yale outshot them 21-8 and had a big edge in possession time. FDU's second goal came in the final seconds with the Bulldogs in all-out pressure mode.

* Yale has a history with defending national champions. The Bulldogs beat reigning NCAA champ Indiana in 1999 and then topped 2001 NCAA winner North Carolina to begin the 2002 season.

* Yale and California are playing for the first time.

* The Bulldogs are playing Stanford for the third time. Yale beat the Cardinal 4-1 in New Haven in 1980 and edged the Cardinal 2-1 at the 2003 Brown Invitational.

SCOUTING CALIFORNIA

The Bears (2-2) are coming off an impressive 2-1 win at Portland in their first road game of the season. Goalkeeper Drake Callender was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week after making nine saves in the win over UP. Three different players have scored goals for Cal, while Jose Carerra-Garcia has a team-best three assists. Cal's home field, Edwards Stadium, also is home to the Bears' track & field program.

SCOUTING STANFORD

The Cardinal (3-1) suffered its first loss of the season last Saturday, falling 2-0 to Tulsa. Stanford, which had been ranked No. 1, hosts San Francisco on Friday. The Cardinal opened the season with three straight shutouts, including a 3-0 win over No. 23 Creighton. Stanford is one of the most successful programs in the nation. The Cardinal has made 15 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, won two NCAA titles and made four appearances in the championship game. Jeremy Gunn is in his sixth season as the head coach at Stanford. He owns a 68-24-16 mark at the helm.

WHAT'S NEXT

The Bulldogs are back on the road on Sept. 23 when they travel to Philadelphia to meet Saint Joseph's.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity