2009 Season Kicks Off With Visits From Wagner & Hofstra

2009 Season Kicks Off With Visits From Wagner & Hofstra

Bulldogs Open In Reese Stadium Friday & Sunday

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's soccer team kicks off the 2009 season this week with a pair of home games. The Bulldogs host Wagner on Friday at 7 p.m. and then have a matinee on Sunday against Hofstra beginning at 3 p.m. Live stats for both games will be available from yalebulldogs.com.

Yale has a 14-3-1 record in the friendly confines of Reese Stadium in the last two years. If that success continues, 2009 will be a very successful season. Twelve of the Bulldogs' 17 games this year are at home. Head coach Rudy Meredith appears to have the talent to see his team make a run at the Ivy League title. Eight starters return from a squad that finished 8-7-2 last fall. Five players who earned All-Ivy recognition are back. Sophia Merrifield, the captain, Megan Ashforth and Becky Brown were second team selections, while Caitlin Collins and Miyuki Hino earned honorable mention recognition.

Wagner opened its season with a 2-0 loss to Saint Peter's on Aug. 28. The Seahawks had a 17-10 edge in shots and a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks. Wagner has 12 newcomers on its roster. Briana Vassallo is the Seahawks' leading returning goal scorer. She had five goals last year.

Yale won its only previous meeting with Wagner in 2002.

Hofstra will already have played three game by the time it comes to New Haven. The Pride edged Richmond 2-1 in its season opener, fell to nationally ranked Virginia and play at Princeton on Friday. Courtney Breen scored the game-winning goal against Richmond. Tiffany Yovino also had a goal. Goalkeeper Krysten Farriella started the first two games.

Yale and Hofstra are playing for the first time.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity