Sept. 11, 2003
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Brown Classic has been kind to the Yale men's soccer team over the years. In two of the last four years, the Bulldogs have knocked off the defending NCAA champion in the tournament. This season, Yale will have to settle for the opportunity to beat last year's NCAA runner-up.
On Sunday the Bulldogs play Stanford, which lost to UCLA 1-0 in the championship game of the 2002 College Cup. Before that, though, Yale opens the 2003 season against Wisconsin on Friday night at 5 p.m.
"As always we look forward to opening our season at the Brown Classic," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "We have had some successful starts there over the years, and we look forward to the competition against two excellent teams with great soccer traditions. Wisconsin is a young, up-and-coming team who can beat anybody in the country, and Stanford has been a national powerhouse for many years. With that type of competition we will need to hit our stride very quickly."
Yale returns its top five scorers from last year's team that finished 9-6-1, the sixth time in head coach Brian Tompkins' seven years that the Bulldogs have enjoyed a winning record. Leading the way is junior Lindsey Williams, who led the Ivy League in points with 24 and tied for the league lead in goals with 10. Defensively, captain Brian Roberts is a three-time All-Ivy selection and helps anchor a unit that allowed only 19 goals in 2002.
Both Wisconsin and Stanford are well into their seasons. The Badgers have already played five games and are 2-3 overall. The Cardinal, ranked 19th in the NSCAA national poll, is 1-1. Stanford beat Cal State Fullerton 1-0 in its opener and then lost to Old Dominion 1-0.