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UConn Tops Yale 2-0

Miyuki Hino. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Miyuki Hino. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Jackson-Gibson Makes Six Saves In Goal In Season Debut

STORRS, Conn. – The Yale women's soccer team did the job in keeping high-scoring UConn forward Jessica Shufelt quiet on Thursday. Shufelt, who entered the night with five goals, was held scoreless. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, two other UConn players stepped up. Melissa Busque and Erin Clark both scored their first goals of the season to lead the Huskies to a 2-0 victory at Morrone Stadium.

"We played hard," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "UConn capitalized on their opportunities. We had a couple of chances but couldn't finish."

Busque gave UConn an early lead at 14:13 when she headed in a Becky Gundling pass. The goal came after Yale had cleared the ball out after a corner kick.

Clark sealed the victory with an unassisted goal at 78:12. She dribbled through traffic and fired a shot inside the far post from the right side of the box.

Yale's best scoring chance came late in the first half, but UConn goalkeeper Jessica Dulski saved a Becky Brown shot from the top of the box.

Dulski finished with five saves to post the shutout. Adele Jackson-Gibson made her first start of the season in goal for Yale and stopped six shots.

UConn had a 19-7 edge in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.

The road doesn't get any easier for the Bulldogs. They play at 15th-ranked Duke on Sunday at 1 p.m.

"Playing these top teams early in the season will help us find out our weaknesses and prepare us for the rigors of the Ivy League season," Meredith said.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity