A Closer Look At The 2014 Schedule

The Yale women's soccer huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)
The Yale women's soccer huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Open With Four Of Their First Five Games At Home

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's soccer team will play four of its first five games in the friendly confines of Reese Stadium. In all, there are nine home games on the schedule, including the Yale Classic, a tournament that features Western Kentucky, Sacred Heart and Manhattan.

The Bulldogs kick off the season on Sept. 5 against Quinnipiac, the second game of a doubleheader with the men. Yale also will open Ivy League play at home when Princeton visits on Sept. 27.

For those that can't make it to Reese Stadium, there are still ways to follow the action. Live stats will be available for all home games and likely all of the road contests. In addition, fans can watch all of the home games and the Ivy League road games via the Ivy League Digital Network.

Here is a closer look at the 2014 schedule.

Sept. 5     QUINNIPIAC, 7 p.m.

Notes: Bulldogs are 8-0 all-time against Quinnipiac. Bobcats have advanced to post season play in four of the last six years.

Sept. 9     at Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.

Notes: Pioneers beat the Bulldogs for the first time last year, a 2-1 victory at Reese Stadium.

Sept. 12    WESTERN KENTUCKY, 7:30 p.m.

Notes: Second game of the Yale Classic. Sacred Heart plays Manhattan at 5 p.m. Hilltoppers, who won 10 games last year, join Conference USA starting this season.

Sept. 14    MANHATTAN, 2:30 p.m.

Notes: Final game of the Yale Classic. Western Kentucky and Sacred Heart play at noon. Only second meeting between the teams. Yale blanked the Jaspers 3-0 in 2004.

Sept. 16     SAINT PETER'S, 7 p.m.

Notes: The Peacocks return three of their top four scorers from last year including leading scorer and All-MAAC second team selection Greta Vogel.

Sept. 19     at Hofstra, 7 p.m.

Notes: Second meeting between the teams. Yale shutout Hofstra 3-0 in 2009. Pride won 10 games last year.

Sept. 21     NEW HAMPSHIRE, 1 p.m.

Notes: Steve Welham, a longtime assistant at Stony Brook, is in his first year at the helm of UNH's program.

Sept. 27     PRINCETON, 4 p.m.

Notes: Visiting team has won seven straight in the series, including last year when the Bulldogs got a goal from Paula Hagopian in overtime to win 3-2.

Oct. 4     at Harvard, 4 p.m.

Notes: Crimson is the defending Ivy League champion, finishing 7-0 in league play last fall before falling to Boston University in the NCAA Tournament.

Oct. 11    at Dartmouth, 4 p.m.

Notes: Ron Rainey, who spent eight seasons as the head coach at Iowa, is in his first year at the helm of Dartmouth's program.

Oct. 13   at Central Connecticut, 7 p.m.

Notes: Teams were supposed to play in New Britain last fall but game was cancelled due to heavy rain. Bulldogs are 14-0 all-time against the Blue Devils.

Oct. 18   at Cornell, 4 p.m.

Notes: Bulldogs have won six of the last seven meetings. Julian Jeffrey scored the only goal in last year's win.

Oct. 25     PENN, 7 p.m.

Notes: Quakers finished 12-1-4 overall last year. Bulldogs earned a 1-1 draw in Philly thanks to a goal from Paula Hagopian.

Oct. 28      MASSACHUSETTS-LOWELL, 7 p.m.

Notes: Bulldogs face another first-year head coach in Joel Bancroft, who had been assistant for the River Hawks.

Nov. 1     COLUMBIA, 4 p.m.

Notes: Bulldogs haven't beaten the Lions since 2010. Tracey Bartholomew in her first year as the head coach at Columbia after enjoying great success leading Long Island's program.

Nov. 7      at Brown, 7 p.m.

Notes: Bears return three All-Ivy players from a team that won 10 games last year, including a pair of victories over Yale.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity