Sept. 9, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - No. 4 UConn is a perennial NCAA Tournament participant -- 19 appearances in the last 27 years, including semifinal appearances in each of the last two seasons. The Huskies, who visit Johnson Field Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. (GameTracker live statistics), usually bring out the best in the Bulldogs. Four of the last nine meetings, including two of the last three, have been decided 1-0 -- but all have ended in UConn's favor. Yale was one of only three opponents to hold the Huskies to one goal last season.
The main reason that last year's meeting was so close was the outstanding performance of junior goalkeeper Charlotte Goins (New Bern, N.C.), who made 15 saves and nearly helped the Bulldogs pull out a win despite UConn's 26-3 edge in shots. The Huskies also enjoyed 16 penalty corners to just one for Yale. Goins went on to finish the season third in the country in save percentage (.804), but her counterpart for UConn had some gaudy stats of her own. Junior Andrea Mainiero was sixth in the country with a 1.15 goals-against average.
The Bulldogs (0-1) have already squared off against one of the top teams in the country. On Sunday at Providence Yale allowed four goals in the first 28:49 but buckled down after that, allowing the Friars only one goal in the final 41:11. The Bulldogs held a 7-4 edge in shots and a 6-3 advantage in penalty corners over the final 35 minutes, but could not convert those chances into goals.
Wednesday's match might generate some interest about 3,700 miles away, because it features an international storyline. UConn senior back Jennifer Kleinhans, a native of Mannheim, Germany, has been one of the Huskies' top players for the last three years, earning second team All-America honors last season. She had the game-winner against Yale last year. Now, the Bulldogs have added a German of their own. Freshman midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany) looked impressive in her varsity debut Sunday at Providence and now gets the chance to play against her countryman.
Landshut is part of an impressive group of freshmen for the Bulldogs, as all five healthy newcomers saw significant action in the season opener. Also making her varsity debut was sophomore goalkeeper Katie Bolling (Ann Arbor, Mich.), who stopped three of four shots in relief action in the second half.
UConn (3-0) has outscored its first three opponents 10-1. The Huskies will be playing their first road game of the year.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity