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Showdown With Harvard Set For Saturday

(photo by Don Clak, Yale Sports Publicity)
(photo by Don Clak, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs, Crimson Meet On Alumni Day At Reese Stadium At 4 p.m.

Harvard at Yale, Saturday – 4 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Ivy League season is only a week old, but the Yale women's soccer team already faces an important game this weekend. Of course it's always a big deal when Harvard comes to town. The Bulldogs and Crimson are both 1-0, along with Brown and Columbia, so a win would put Yale very much in the thick of the Ivy race. Kickoff on Alumni Day at Reese Stadium is slated for 4 p.m.

The Bulldogs (4-3-2 overall) scored twice in a 36-second span of the second half en route to a 2-0 victory over Princeton last Saturday. Kristen Forster and Melissa Gavin scored. Both were named to the Ivy League Honor Roll. Enma Mullo extended her point scoring streak to four straight games with an assist. Gavin leads the team with three goals and shares the lead with Mullo with seven points.

Defensively, Yale has given up two or more goals in a game only twice. Adele Jackson-Gibson has started all nine games in goal and has a 0.73 goals against average and an .854 save percentage.

Harvard (5-4) features one of the top offensive players in the league in Melanie Baskind, who has four goals and six assists, both team highs. Baskind, the Ivy League Player of the Week, scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Penn and then had two assists in a 4-1 win over New Hampshire.

Baskind had a big role in the Crimson's 3-2 victory over Yale in the last meeting between the teams at Reese. Her goal in the 79th minute snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted Harvard to victory.

The Crimson has won three straight over the Bulldogs.

Saturday is Alumni Day, and the Ivy League champion 2005 Yale team will be honored at halftime.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity