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Final Road Game Takes Yale To Columbia

Kristen Forster. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kristen Forster. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Tied For First Place With Harvard With Two Games To Play

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - When the 2009 Yale women's soccer schedule was released in July, there was one thing that stood out. Only two of Yale's 10 non-conference games would be played away from Reese Stadium. That meant that the Bulldogs' three Ivy League road games would be somewhat unfamiliar experiences. Apparently it hasn't been a problem. Yale won at both Princeton and Penn and will look to complete a perfect Ivy road season when it plays at Columbia on Friday. Kickoff at Columbia Soccer Stadium is slated for 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs (9-5, 4-1 Ivy) moved back into a first-place tie with last week's 2-1 victory over Penn coupled with Harvard's loss to Princeton. The Crimson host Dartmouth on Saturday.

The Bulldogs remain second in the Ieague in goals allowed (15) and goals against average (1.05). Offensively, Becky Brown is ninth in the nation in points per game (2.0) and 11th in goals per game (0.857). Yale also has received a boost from freshman Kristen Forster, who has at least one point in four of the last five games. She leads the team with eight assists, which is one shy of the school freshman record set by Crysti Howser in 2005.

A victory on Friday would give Yale at least 10 wins in a season for the fifth time this decade.

Columbia (6-6-3, 2-2-1 Ivy) is led by Sophie Reiser, last year's Ivy League Player of the Year, who has six goals and four assists on the season.  The Lions, though, have been shutout in their last two games, a scoreless tie with Princeton on Oct. 17 and a 2-0 loss at Dartmouth last Sunday.

Columbia beat the Bulldogs 2-1 last year in New Haven. Chrissy Butler's goal at 62:37 snapped a 1-1 tie and goalkeeper Rebecca Taylor made some terrific saves in the final minutes to preserve the victory. Yale leads the all-time series 18-4-2.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity