Duke, North Carolina Visit Highlights 2006 Schedule

June 12, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Coming off the most successful season in school history, the Bulldogs will face another challenging schedule in 2006. Six teams that reached the NCAA College Cup last year are on the slate, including perennial powers Duke and North Carolina, who come to New Haven for the season-opening Yale Soccer Classic.

The opener on Sept. 1 against Duke is a rematch of last year's memorable NCAA College Cup second round game which the Bulldogs won 2-1 on Laurel Karnes's goal with one second left in the second half. That game will be immediately followed by a matchup between North Carolina and UConn. Two days later, the Yale Classic concludes when the Bulldogs play the Tar Heels followed by the Duke-UConn contest.

Yale then heads to Delaware for a pair of games. The Bulldogs play the University of Delaware on Sept. 8 before battling Montana on Sept. 10. Three straight games against New England rivals, including a visit to Reese Stadium by Central Connecticut for a rematch of last year's first round NCAA College Cup game, lead up to the Ivy League opener against Princeton on Sept. 23 at Reese Stadium.

Yale then plays two straight games in Boston, starting with a matchup with Boston University on Sept. 25. The Terriers upset UConn in the first round of the NCAA College Cup last year. The Bulldogs visit archrival Harvard on Sept. 30.

Fairfield, which lost to Duke at Reese Stadium in the NCAA College Cup last year, returns to New Haven to play the Bulldogs on Oct. 4. Yale then plays two straight Ivy games on the road, first at 2005 NCAA tournament participant Dartmouth on Oct. 8 and then at Cornell on Oct. 14.

October comes to an end with three straight home games (Penn on Oct. 21, Quinnipiac on Oct. 25 and Columbia on Oct. 28). The regular season ends with a trip to Providence to battle Brown on Nov. 4.

The Bulldogs were ranked 13th in the final 2005 NSCAA/adidas national poll after winning a school-record 15 games and reaching the third round of the NCAA College Cup for the first time. Yale captured its first Ivy League title since 1992 with a 5-1-1 league mark and finished 15-4-1 overall.

2006 Yale Women's Soccer Schedule

Sept. 1, DUKE, 4 p.m.
Blue Devils return eight of 11 starters and welcome the third-ranked recruiting class in the nation. Duke was 14-6-1 last year and fell to Yale in second round of NCAA College Cup.

Sept. 3, NORTH CAROLINA, 11:30 a.m.
Tar Heels, the defending ACC champions, defeated Yale 1-0 last year in Chapel Hill.

Sept. 8, at Delaware, 7:30 p.m.
Blue Hens were 10-6-4 last year and lost in the semifinals of the CAA Tournament. Coach Scott Grzenda was the CAA Coach of the Year

Sept. 10, vs. Montana, 11:30 a.m.
Game played at Delaware. First meeting between the teams.

Sept. 15, MASSACHUSETTS, 7 p.m.
After losing the first 10 meetings, Yale beat UMass for first time in 2004. Minutewomen were 8-9-1 last year.

Sept. 17, at Hartford, Noon
Hawks were 4-13-1 last year and lost to Yale 1-0 in New Haven.

Sept. 20, CENTRAL CONNECTICUT, 7 p.m.
Blue Devils finished with a 17-4 record and a fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA College Cup last year.

Sept. 23, PRINCETON, 7 p.m.
Bulldogs beat Tigers 2-1 last year in a game televised by CSTV.

Sept. 25, at Boston University, 7 p.m.
Terriers are coming off a 2005 season in which they went 14-5-4 and won their fourth America East championship. BU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for just the second time ever. First meeting between the teams since 1999.

Sept. 30, at Harvard, 2 p.m.
Crimson went 8-5-3 overall last year. Three of last five Yale-Harvard games have gone to overtime.

Oct. 4, FAIRFIELD, 5 p.m.
The Stags captured the 2005 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament Title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in program history. Fairfield finished the year with a 10-7-3 record.

Oct. 8, at Dartmouth, Noon
Last four games between the teams decided by one goal, including last year's 2-1Yale victory. Big Green lost to Boston College in first round of NCAA College Cup last year.

Oct. 14, at Cornell, Noon
Gretchen Zigante in her first year as head coach of the Big Red. Yale has won four straight over Cornell.

Oct. 21, PENN, 4:30 p.m.
Penn sophomore Natalie Capuano attended the United States under-20 national team camp. Quakers were 8-6-3 overall last year. , Oct. 25, QUINNIPIAC, 7 p.m.
Bulldogs are 5-0 all-time against the Bobcats and have outscored Quinnipiac 17-1.

Oct. 28, COLUMBIA, 7 p.m.
Lions handed the Bulldogs their only Ivy League loss last year, 2-1 in New York.

Nov. 4, at Brown, 4 p.m.
Three All-Ivy players return from team that went 5-10-2 last year.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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