Nov. 2, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs will be in the national spotlight on Friday. The Yale-Brown game will be televised live by the Fox Soccer Channel as part of its College Match of the Week series in partnership with the National Soccer Coaches Association. The broadcast starts at 8 p.m. and the game kicks off at 8:06 p.m. Sean Wheelock and Keith Tabatznik will describe the action.
"It's a tremendous honor for the Ivy League to be featured on the Game of the Week," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "Our schools all have worldwide name recognition as outstanding academic institutions, but there are a lot of people outside the Northeast that are not necessarily aware that we have an excellent soccer conference as well.
"The national spotlight should bring some well-deserved recognition to the schools and student athletes of the Ivy League. We are thrilled that Yale soccer has the opportunity to be featured in the game and look forward to an exciting contest."
The Bulldogs (6-9-1, 2-4 Ivy) have won two straight games, including a 4-3 victory over Columbia last Saturday. Jon Carlos scored twice and added an assist in the game and was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday. James Stewart is Yale's leading scorer with 14 points (5 goals, 4 assists).
Brown (10-3-3, 3-1-2 Ivy) brings a four-match unbeaten streak into Friday's game. Rhett Bernstein leads the Bears in scoring with 16 points (8 goals), while Andrew Daniels has 14 points (5 goals, 4 assists). Brown has scored 28 goals in 16 games.
Jarrett Leech has seen a majority of the action in goal and has a goals against average of 1.28.
"Brown plays with great determination and tactical discipline and it is never easy to get wins their," Tompkins said. "The game offers us an opportunity to gain some ground in the league standings and to finish the season with some positive momentum for next year. Brown-Yale games are usually close, hard-fought, spirited affairs and I expect that to be the case again on Friday night."
Yale and Brown have played every year since 1930, and the Bulldogs lead the series 38-29-11. Last year, the Bulldogs edged the Bears 2-1 at Reese Stadium. Liam Leonard's goal late in the first half snapped a 1-1 tie and the second half was scoreless. Yale, Brown and Dartmouth all shared the Ivy League title last fall.
For more information on the broadcast, visit the Fox Soccer Channel website at: http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity