Bulldogs Seek Best Start Since 2004; Host Sacred Heart Thursday

Jenny Butwin. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jenny Butwin. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Has Opened Season With Back-To-Back Shutouts

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - So far in 2009, things have gone pretty well for the Yale women's soccer team. The Bulldogs opened the season with back-to-back shutouts for the first time in school history, have outscored their opponents 5-0 and outshot them 44-18. Yale hopes to keep it rolling when Sacred Heart visits Reese Stadium on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Live stats will be available from yalebulldogs.com.

The Bulldogs are looking to improve to 3-0 for the first time since the 2004 team started 5-0. One of the issues head coach Rudy Meredith faced at the beginning of the season was who would fill the scoring void created by the graduation of Maggie Westfal and Emma Whitfield, who combined for 14 goals last year. Junior Becky Brown has provided the answer in the first two games. She scored both goals in a 2-0 victory over Wagner and added another goal in the win over Hofstra. Brown was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Tuesday.

Sacred Heart (2-2) is coming off a 1-0 victory over St. Peter's on Sunday. Heather Quevillion scored the only goal in the 82nd minute. The Pioneers have allowed only two goals in their four games, while three different players have one goal each. Sacred Heart, which has reached the NEC Tournament in seven of the last eight years, was picked to finish eighth in the NEC preseason coaches poll.

Yale has won all seven meetings with the Pioneers. Last year, Enma Mullo and Miyuki Hino each scored their first career goals as the Bulldogs cruised to a 6-0 win.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity