The men’s soccer team will look to continue their two-game unbeaten streak when they welcome Farleigh Dickinson to Reese Stadium tonight for a 7 p.m. tilt.
The Bulldogs (1–5–1) will face the Knights (2–3) for the first time since 2008, when they fell to Farleigh Dickinson at the Dartmouth Classic. With Ivy League play beginning in just over a week when the Bulldogs visit Harvard, the team is looking to get as much experience as possible out of their last two non-league games.
“Playing out of conference really exposes us to all types of teams and players,” forward Cody Wilkins ’14 said. “The experience we gain is going to be instrumental in succeeding in what is bound to be a competitive Ivy League season.”
The Bulldogs are coming off a frustrating double-overtime tie against Quinnipiac, one which was all too familiar to a team that has come out empty handed in seven double-overtime games dating back to the 2009 season. The home team will look to get its second win of the season by coming together on offense.
“We hope to establish more positive possession on offense and finish the chances we create,” Wilkins said. “If we can do that we’ve got a great chance at pulling out a win.”
The Knights, hailing from Teaneck, N.J., are coming to New Haven having also just played a double-overtime game, but instead they came out on top against Temple 2–1 on Sunday. The Bulldogs have an edge up on the Knights in number of games played, as Yale has had seven matches to figure out how to play with one another, while the Knights have had only five. Farleigh Dickinson has, however, faced an Ivy opponent in the second game of its season when it fell to Princeton 1–0 at home.
The Bulldogs are welcoming their chance to improve their record this weekend as they look to capitalize on scoring chances. They will also continue to be solid on defense, anchored by goalie Bobby Thalman ’13. Thalman recorded his first career shutout in the tie against Quinnipiac and has played every minute for the Bulldogs so far this season.
The Elis have had moments of domination so far this season, but they hope to be consistent and come out on top tonight.
“It has been a bit tough overcoming frustration,” Wilkins said. “We know we’re a talented group but our results haven’t showed it. We’re taking games one at a time to change that as we head into Ivy League play.”