Back-To-Back Big East Opponents On Tap This Weekend

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Yale Faces Rutgers Friday, St. John's Sunday

Yale at Rutgers, Friday – 7 p.m.

Yale at St. John's, Sunday – 4 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The first road trip of the young season won't be an easy one for the Yale women's soccer team. The Bulldogs travel to Rutgers on Friday at 7 p.m. and then have a Sunday date with another Big East foe in St. John's. Kickoff against the Red Storm is slated for 4 p.m.

Hopefully the weather in the Northeast will cooperate. Yale's game with Sacred Heart had to be shortened to 71 minutes because of a heavy rain that fell throughout the contest. The result was a 1-1 tie. Freshman Meredith Speck continued to show that she has the potential to develop into a big-time scorer. Her goal in the 64th minute knotted the score. Speck, who was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday, has now scored two of the Bulldogs' three goals on the season. In fact, newcomers have accounted for seven of Yale's nine points. Georgiana Wagemann has the other goal and Melissa Gavin has an assist.

The Bulldogs' defense also has been stingy for far this year. Yale has allowed only one goal in three games. Goalkeeper Adele Jackson-Gibson has stopped 10 of 11 shots on goal.

Rutgers (3-1) is coming off a trip to the West Coast. The Scarlet Knights edged Loyola Marymount 2-1 in overtime and then fell to fourth-ranked UCLA 1-0. Jonelle Filigno leads the team with four goals and nine points. Emmy Simpkins has started all four games in goal and has a 0.78 goals against average. Friday's game is the first of two straight against Ivy League opponents for the Scarlet Knights. They host Dartmouth on Sunday.

St. John's (3-2-1) is coming off a game with an Ivy rival. The Red Storm edged Columbia 1-0 last Sunday. The only goal of the game came on a penalty kick. Since allowing five goals in its opener at William & Mary, St. John's has yielded only three goals. Five different players have goals for the Red Storm, and goalkeeper Kristin Russell has a 1.21 goals against average.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity