Sept. 6, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Two games against nationally-ranked opponents and two one-goal losses have shown that the Yale field hockey team can compete with any team. The Bulldogs hope they are on the verge of a breakthrough in the win column, and there would be no better time to get it than Saturday. Ivy League play starts with a trip to Princeton to take on the 15-time league champions.
The Tigers (0-2) are unlikely to take the Bulldogs lightly after seeing Yale's first two results -- and with memories of last season's meeting between these two teams in mind. That 2-1 game was decided by Katie Kinzer's goal at the 46:05 mark. Princeton had taken a 1-0 lead as the first half ended on its eighth penalty corner of the half, only to have senior forward/midfielder Harriet Thayer (Briarcliff, N.Y.) tie it less than four minutes into the second half. The two teams were evenly matched in shots in the second half (7-7) but the Bulldogs could not answer Kinzer's tally.
Wednesday's 1-0 loss to No. 3 UConn showed Yale's strengths, starting in goal. Sophomore Charlotte Goins (New Bern, N.C.) stopped 14 shots from a potent Husky offense that featured two All-Americans, a 2006 Honda Award Finalist and the MVP of the 2006 BIG EAST Tournament. Goins has a miniscule 1.50 goals-against average and a robust .889 save percentage so far this year.
Princeton's offense revolves around senior midfielder Paige Schmidt, a third-team All-American and the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year. She has yet to score this season but had a team-high eight assists last season. The Tigers have a new goalkeeper in sophomore Cynthia Wray, who has allowed eight goals on 16 shots in 140 minutes of play.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity