Sept. 4, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale's non-conference schedule was designed to be challenging, and according to the latest poll the Bulldogs' biggest challenge comes Wednesday night. Off to a 3-0 start, the UConn Huskies have risen to No. 3 in the country -- the highest ranking for any of Yale's 2007 opponents. The Bulldogs are coming off a 2-1 loss to then-No. 17 Providence Saturday.
Yale found plenty of positives in the season opener against the Friars. Sophomore goalkeeper Charlotte Goins (New Bern, N.C.) made the most of her first collegiate start, stopping nine Friar shots -- including a penalty stroke. She extended her scoreless streak to 97:47 before it was snapped by a goal at the 30:55 mark. On Wednesday night Goins is returning to the site of her varsity debut. She came on in relief in last year's game against the Huskies and held them scoreless for the final 12:15.
With UConn averaging over three goals a game so far, the Bulldogs will need to get their offense going. Yale's lone goal in the opener came on a well-executed corner, as senior forward Cat Lindroth (Farmington, Conn.) tipped in a shot by senior back Lorrie Kiger (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Lindroth and sophomore forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.) were the only Bulldogs with multiple shots on Saturday. On the defensive side of the field Goins' play was aided by a solid debut from freshman midfielder/forward Marissa Waldemore (New Vernon, N.J.), who had the game's lone defensive save.
The Huskies are coming off a 3-1 win at No. 6 Penn State that helped them jump two spots in the national poll. They have allowed a total of two goals in three games this year, with goalkeeper Andrea Mainiero boasting an .833 save percentage. She and Jennifer Kleinhans have each earned Big East Defensive Player of the Week honors. Lauren Aird and Lizzy Peijs, who each scored a pair of goals last year against the Bulldogs, have accounted for five of the team's eight goals so far.
UConn has never lost to Yale, but three of the last eight meetings -- including the game two years ago -- were decided by just one goal.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity