Bulldogs Playing Home Opener Vs. National Power
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Kylie Stannard, The 5K Corral Head Coach of the Yale men's soccer team, put together a very challenging early-season schedule. Two of the Bulldogs' first three opponents played in the NCAA Tournament a year ago. The biggest test, though, will come on Friday night when national power Michigan State, currently ranked No. 4 in the nation, visits Reese Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. and ESPN+ has the video.
The game has a little extra meaning for Stannard, who spent six years at Michigan State as a member of Damon Rensing's staff prior to coming to Yale. Stannard helped the Spartans to five NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure, including runs to the Elite Eight in 2013 and 2014 and the Sweet 16 in 2010 (where MSU fell to North Carolina on penalty kicks).
Here are other notes on Yale's first game on the new turf at Reese Stadium:
Yale's three goals have come from three different players – Kyle Kenagy, Nicky Downs and Paolo Carroll. Carroll, whose first career goal came vs. Fairfield on Labor Day, was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 3-1 loss at No. 20 Georgetown on Sunday. The game was tied 1-1 at halftime before the Hoyas scored a pair of second-half goals, including one late with Yale pressuring for the equalizer.
Yale has outscored its opponents 3-1 in the first half so far this season.
Michigan State is the highest ranked team to play at Yale since UConn came to Reese as the second-ranked team in the nation in 2012.
The Spartans are making their second trip to New Haven. Yale and MSU played a 1-1 tie in 2005. The only other meeting between the teams was a 2-0 Michigan State victory in 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan.
SCOUTING MICHGAN STATE
The Spartans (5-0-1) are ranked fourth in this week's United Soccer Coaches national poll. They have won their last four games, outscoring their opponents 15-5. MSU is coming off a 4-2 home victory over Oakland on Monday. The Spartans finished last season with an overall record of 13-3-4 and a 5-0-3 Big Ten record earning a trip to the Elite Eight. MSU ended the season ranked No. 6.
Michigan State at Yale
Friday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity