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First-Place Penn Visits Saturday

First-Place Penn Visits Saturday

Oct. 20, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The month of October is nearly two-thirds complete and the Bulldogs have played only one game in the friendly confines of Reese Stadium. That changes on Saturday when first-place Penn comes to New Haven for a 7 p.m. kickoff, the start of three straight home games that close out the month. Yale has played seven of its last nine contests away from home.

"It has been a tough stretch of games, and we are pleased to be returning home for the next three matches," Yale head coach Brian Tompkins said. "The players have had a good week of practice and will be looking to jump start our season in the familiar surroundings of our own stadium."

Alex Munns was named to the Ivy League honor roll on Monday. He scored Yale's goal in last Friday's game at Cornell. It was his fourth of the season. Gage Hills, who returned to the lineup last Friday after missing three games with an injury, leads the team with five.

Penn (7-4-1) is 3-1 in Ivy League play and tied for first place with Harvard. Both the Quakers and Crimson have nine points. Brown (2-1-1) and Dartmouth (2-1-1) are two points behind.

Penn has outscored its opponents 20-10 on the season. Mike Klein leads the Quakers in assists (7) and points (13). Ryan Tracy is the team leader in goals with four. Daniel Cepero has played every minute of every game in goal and has a 0.88 goals against average.

"Penn is an excellent passing team that plays with great tactical discipline," Tompkins said. "We played a close match with them last season and expect another exciting contest this weekend."

The Bulldogs are 5-1-1 in their last seven games with the Quakers. The two teams played a 1-1 tie last year in the rain in Philadelphia.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity