Sept. 18, 2003
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The fifth annual Yale Soccer Classic begins on Friday with a pair of games. Brown, ranked 18th in the nation, plays No. 15 Creighton at 5 p.m. before Yale and Fairleigh Dickinson meet at 7:30 p.m. The tournament concludes on Sunday when Brown and FDU play at noon followed by Yale and Creighton at 2:30 p.m.
"We're delighted to be hosting three excellent soccer programs and look forward to spirited competition between well-matched teams that have aspirations of post-season play," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "Any of the teams are capable of winning this weekend, and it will be a great challenge for us as we look to build on the things we learned last week at Brown."
Yale's success at the Brown Classic against nationally renowned programs continued last weekend. Andrew Dealy scored on a penalty kick with less than four minutes remaining in the second half as the Bulldogs edged Stanford 2-1. The Cardinals, who came into the game ranked 19th in the nation, lost to UCLA in the NCAA championship game last fall. In previous years Yale beat Indiana and North Carolina the year after each of those schools won the NCAA title. Freshman Alex Munns scored his first career goal in the victory over Stanford. The Bulldogs opened the season with a 2-0 loss to Wisconsin. Matt Aleksinas made five in goal for Yale. Andrew Dealy and Ryan Raybould were named to the all-tournament team. Stanford was the first of five teams on the Yale schedule that reached the NCAA Tournament last year.
Brown kicked off the 2003 season in impressive fashion by winning its own tournament last weekend. The Bears beat Stanford (2-1) and Wisconsin (4-3). As a result of the tournament title, Brown swept the Ivy League honors this week. Senior Adom Crew was named the Ivy Player of the Week, while freshman Matt Britner earned Rookie of the Week honors.
Creighton, which lost to Stanford in the semifinals of last year's College Cup, has already played six games and has a 2-2-2 overall record. Six different players have scored goals for the Bluejays. Goalkeeper Guido Leon has a 0.97 goals against average.
Fairleigh Dickinson, which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year, has a 1-1-1 overall record. The Knights have won three straight Northeast Conference titles. Andrew Nucofora has started all three games in goal this year and has a 0.31 goals against average. Nadav Gottesman has scored the team's only goal.