September 10, 2010

Challenging Early Season Schedule Continues At No. 15 Duke

Bulldogs Meet Blue Devils On Sunday

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The season is only a little over a week old and the Yale women's soccer team has already taken on top teams from the Big Ten and Big East conferences. Now the Bulldogs will get to test themselves against one of the best ACC programs. Yale meets 15th-ranked Duke on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Koskinen Stadium.

After opening the year with a 1-0 victory over then No. 16 Penn State, the Bulldogs (1-2) have been held scoreless in their last two games, including a 2-0 loss to UConn on Thursday. Nevertheless, Yale remains a dangerous offensive team. Becky Brown, who scored the winning goal against Penn State, has 26 career goals, 13 shy of Elizabeth Traver's school record. The Bulldogs' young defense has more than held its own in the first three games but will get a stiff test from Duke. The Blue Devils already have 9-0 (Francis Marion) and 5-0 (High Point) victories on their resume.

Whenever the Bulldogs play Duke, it's easy for Yale fans to reminisce about the one time the Blue Devils came to New Haven for an NCAA Tournament game in 2005. Laurel Karnes scored with one second left in the second half to snap a 1-1 tie and lift the Bulldogs to a thrilling victory that moved them on to the quarterfinals. Since then, Duke has beaten Yale twice – 3-0 in Durham in 2006 and 1-0 in 2007 at the Nike Classic at North Carolina.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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