September 14, 2010

No. 4 Boston College Up Next For Bulldogs

Third Straight Road Game Takes Yale To Chestnut Hill

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In its first four games, the Yale women's soccer team has faced Penn State, Illinois, UConn and Duke, all of whom are among the nation's elite teams. Game No. 5, though, may provide the biggest challenge yet. The Bulldogs face fourth-ranked Boston College on Wednesday. Kickoff at the Newton Campus Soccer Field is slated for 7 p.m. The Eagles are 5-0-1 and have outscored their opponents 16-2.

Yale (1-3) has more than held its own during the difficult early season stretch. The Bulldogs knocked off Penn State, and two of their three losses have come by one goal, including a 1-0 decision at Duke on Sunday. Goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu helped keep the game close by making a season-high 11 saves. For her efforts, she was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday.

BC's only blemish is a 1-1 tie with second-ranked Stanford. Victoria DiMartino leads the team with seven goals, while Kristie Mewis has a team-high five assists. Jill Mastroianni, a Durham, Conn., native, has started all six games in goal and has a 0.17 goals against average.

Yale and Boston College are playing for the first time since 1992, a 2-1 Bulldog victory in the ECAC Tournament.

Torrey Leroy image by Shane M. Lardinois

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity