September 21, 2009

Quinnipiac Provides Final Test Before Start Of Ivy League Play

Bulldogs Host Local Rivals Tuesday At 5 p.m.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's soccer team has one last chance to work out the kinks before Saturday's Ivy League opener at Princeton. The Bulldogs host local rival Quinnipiac on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Reese Stadium. The game is the first of a doubleheader with the Yale men, who play Rhode Island at 7:30 p.m. Live stats of the game will be available at yalebulldogs.com.

The Bulldogs (3-3) hope to build some positive momentum heading into the Ivy opener with the Tigers. Yale has lost three straight, all by one goal, including Sunday's 1-0 decision at UConn. Goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu was outstanding against the Huskies, finishing with a career-high 15 saves. For her efforts, she was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll.

Quinnipiac (1-3-1) has also been involved in a number of close games. Three of the Bobcats' five games have gone to overtime, including a 2-2 tie with Rhode Island on Sunday. Quinnipiac's win came against Stony Brook when Kristina Del Mistro scored in the second overtime. The Seawolves edged Yale 2-1 in overtime last Wednesday night. Furtuna Velaj leads the Bobcats in goals (4), assists (3) and points (11). Kendra Margulies has played every minute of every game in goal. She has a 2.20 goals against average and a .727 save percentage.

The Bulldogs lead the all-time series with Quinnipiac 7-0. The last meeting was a 2-1 Yale victory in 2007.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity