Sept. 11, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - When Yale faced Holy Cross a year ago, the Bulldogs beat the Crusaders as part of a six-game winning streak that was their longest in four years. They hope to rekindle that magic this Saturday when Holy Cross comes to Johnson Field (1:00 p.m., Gametracker live statistics).
Yale (0-2) has already faced two of the top teams in the country, falling to Providence and No. 5 UConn. The Bulldogs have put together a pair of solid second halves (12-12 in shots, 2-1 in favor of Yale's opponents in goals) but have been hurt by slow starts (a 25-3 edge in shots for Yale's opponents in the first half, and a 6-0 edge in goals).
The Bulldogs beat Holy Cross 2-1 in Worcester last season, with junior back Julia Weiser (Houston, Texas) making the first goal of her career a game-winner. Junior goalkeeper Charlotte Goins (New Bern, N.C.) made nine saves.
Holy Cross (1-3) beat Providence 1-0 on Wednesday for its first win of the season and the first win for new head coach Alicia Hawk. The Crusaders got seven saves from senior Erin Singleton, the reigning Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year. Singleton had nine saves against the Bulldogs last year.
Kristin Schulz has the Crusaders' lone goal so far this season. Kara Gonnerman is the leading returning scorer after scoring five goals and adding three assists last season.