June 24, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Games against the defending champions of two of the top conferences in the nation highlight the 2008 Yale men's soccer schedule. The Bulldogs host ACC champion Boston College on Oct. 14 at Reese Stadium at 7 p.m. and play at UConn, which captured the 2007 Big East title, on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. In all, Yale will face five teams that reached last year's NCAA College Cup.
"It seems that nowadays there is no such thing as an easy game, and this year's schedule will once again put our team to the test," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "Connecticut and Boston College are both teams with top-10 credentials and the ability to win the national championship. I expect the Ivy League race to be hotly contested. We look forward to the league games, the in-state rivalries and the other non-conference opponents."
The Bulldogs open the season by hosting Maine on Sept. 7 in the first meeting between the schools. Yale then gets its first look at a team that reached the postseason when it plays defending Patriot League champion Colgate on Sept. 12 in Hanover, N.H. The Bulldogs play Fairleigh Dickinson on the second day of the Dartmouth Classic on Sept. 14.
Stony Brook visits Reese Stadium on Sept. 17. The teams played a scoreless tie on Long Island last year. Yale then has three straight games against Connecticut opponents, starting with a home game against Sacred Heart on Sept. 20. The Bulldogs play Quinnipiac for the first time since 2003 on Sept. 23 and host Fairfield on Sept. 27. The first month of play ends with a trip to Army on Sept. 30.
Yale opens Ivy League play against arch-rival Harvard on Oct. 4 in Cambridge, Mass. The Crimson lost to Central Connecticut in the first round of the College Cup last year. The Bulldogs' second Ivy game on Oct. 11 won't be much easier as they play at Dartmouth, which also fell in the first round of last year's College Cup. Yale hasn't beaten the Big Green in Hanover since 1992.
After hosting Boston College, the Bulldogs are back on the road, traveling to Cornell on Oct. 18. UConn is the final non-conference game, and Yale then plays three of its last four Ivy games in the friendly confines of Reese Stadium. The Bulldogs host Penn on Oct. 25 and Columbia on Nov. 1. A trip to defending Ivy champion Brown on Nov. 8 is followed by the season finale, a home game with Princeton on Nov. 15.
Yale returns 16 letterwinners from last year's team that finished 4-8-5 overall and 2-3-2 in league play.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity