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Bulldogs Close Out Season At Brown

Juliann Jeffrey. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Juliann Jeffrey. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Seeks Ninth Straight Year With .500 Or Better Record

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's soccer team hoped Saturday's regular season finale at Brown would have Ivy League title ramifications when the schedule was released in June. Unfortunately the Bulldogs were eliminated from the race with a loss to Penn two weeks ago. Nevertheless, there is still much to play for when Yale visits the Bears. A victory would give the Bulldogs an 8-8-1 overall record, their ninth straight season with a .500 or better mark. Kickoff at Stevenson Field is slated for 4 p.m.

The game will be the final one in the careers of seniors Becky Brown, Ayana Sumiyasu, Megan Ashforth, Kate Macauley, Lizz Reeves and Natalie Romine. While all six will be missed, the future also looks bright for the Bulldogs. Eight regular starters and four of Yale's top five scorers will be back.

Some of that youth was on display in last Saturday's 2-1 victory over Columbia, which entered the night tied for first place. Junior Miyuki Hino scored the first goal, and sophomore Kristen Forster scored the game-winning goal, off an assist from fellow sophomore Mary Kubiuk.

All six of Brown's Ivy games have either been decided by one goal or ended in a tie. The Bears are 7-5-4 overall and 1-3-2 in league play. Gina Walker leads the team in goals (5) and points (13). MC Barrett (1.00 goals against average) and Amber Bledsoe (1.12 GAA) have split the goalkeeping duties.

Last year in New Haven, Becky Brown scored the only goal of the game as the Bulldogs edged the Bears. Yale has won five of its last six meetings with Brown.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity