Nov. 2, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Twice in the last few weeks, Yale has taken on teams ranked in the top 10 in the nation. The Bulldogs battled sixth-ranked Boston College to a scoreless tie in September and later dropped a hard-fought 2-1 decision to No. 2 UConn. On Saturday, Yale gets another shot at a highly ranked foe when Brown, ranked sixth in this week's NSCAA poll, visits Reese Stadium for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff. Live stats of the game will be available on GameTracker by visiting the schedule section of yalebulldogs.com.
The Bulldogs (3-6-5, 1-1-2 Ivy) have been involved in a number of close games this season as 10 of their 14 games have either been decided by one goal or ended in a tie. Yale's five ties are one shy of the school record set in 1974.
Recent history would suggest a close game on Saturday as well. The last six Yale-Brown games have either ended in a tie or been decided by one goal. Last year in Providence, Alex Munns '07 scored the only goal of the game late in the first half when he headed in a Max Rhodes cross as the Bulldogs escaped with a 1-0 victory.
One goal may not be enough this year against a high-powered Brown offense, but Yale showed it is capable of offensive outbursts last Saturday in a 4-1 win over Columbia. Jordan Raybould, Kevin Pope, Andy Shorten and Aden Farina-Henry all scored for the Bulldogs.
The Bears (12-1-1, 4-0 Ivy) sit alone atop the Ivy League standings, two points ahead of second-place Dartmouth (3-0-1). Brown has won six straight games and features two of the top four goal scorers in the league. Dylan Sheehan and Kevin Davies each have eight goals. Goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season on Monday.
In news off the field, Yale midfielder Tyler Guse was named to the ESPN The Magazine CoSIDA All-Academic District I second team. Guse, an economics major, has been limited to eight games because of injury but is still tied for third on the team with four points.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity