June 28, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Games against two teams that have combined to win four of the last five NCAA College Cups highlight the 2007 Yale women's soccer schedule. The Bulldogs play at defending champion North Carolina in the Carolina Nike Classic on Sept. 9. The Tar Heels, who also won in 2003, have 17 national titles in all. One week later, Yale plays at 2002 and 2005 champion Portland in the Portland Nike Tournament. The Pilots advanced to the quarterfinals last year.
Three other teams that reached the post-season last year are on the schedule, starting with Duke Sept. 7 on the first day of Carolina Nike Classic. Yale has played the Blue Devils three times in the last two years, including a memorable first round College Cup game in 2005. The Bulldogs host Boston University on Sept. 25 and are at defending Ivy League champion Columbia on Oct. 26.
Yale opens the 2007 season on Aug. 31 by hosting Bucknell. The Bison tied a school record with 12 victories last year. The game will be the first for the Bulldogs on the FieldTurf at Reese Stadium. Yale makes its first appearance under the new lights on Sept. 19 against Sacred Heart.
Following a trip to New Britain to meet Central Connecticut on Sept. 23, the Boston University game begins a stretch of five straight home games. It's also the final tuneup before the start of Ivy League play, which begins on Sept. 29 against Harvard. After a game against local-rival Quinnipiac on Oct. 3, the homestand concludes with Ivy games against Dartmouth (Oct. 6) and Cornell (Oct. 13).
The longest Ivy trip of the year takes the Bulldogs to Philadelphia to meet Penn on Oct. 20. The last three Yale-Penn games have gone to overtime, including a scoreless tie last year in New Haven. The Bulldogs will try to avenge last year's 2-0 loss to Columbia when they travel to New York on Oct. 26.
Yale and New Hampshire play for the first time since 1998 when the Wildcats visit New Haven on Oct. 27. Senior Day at Reese Stadium is set for Nov. 3 against Brown, and the Bulldogs close out the regular season on Nov. 11 at Princeton.
Yale returns 13 letterwinners and seven starters from last year's team that finished with an 8-7-2 overall record.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity