Bulldogs Stay Hot; Blank Fairfield 3-0

Elise Wilcox (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Elise Wilcox (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Wilcox Makes Five Saves In First Career Start To Post Shutout

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A midweek non-Ivy League game couldn't have come at a better time for the Yale women's soccer team. It allowed freshman goalkeeper Elise Wilcox, who has taken over the starting job after Adele Jackson-Gibson suffered what looks like a season-ending injury Saturday against Dartmouth, to get comfortable.

Wilcox showed she is more than capable of handling the job. She stopped all five shots that came her way as the Bulldogs cruised to a 3-0 victory over Fairfield at Lessing Field.

Melissa Gavin, who was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday, led the offense with a goal and an assist. Enma Mullo and Mary Kubiuk also scored.

Yale (6-4-2) has won three of its last four games and five of seven.

The Bulldogs got on the board at 12:59. Gavin sent a ball forward through two defenders to Mullo, who got off a shot that Fairfield goalkeeper Kelly Boudreau got a piece of but not enough to keep it from trickling inside the post.

It stayed that way until early in the second half. Gavin took a point-blank shot that Boudreau stopped. The rebound, though, came right back to Gavin and she banged it in for her team-leading fifth goal of the season.

Kubiuk capped the scoring with only 15 seconds left. Anne Song sent a ball into the box to Kubiuk, who spun and drilled it into the back of the net.

All five of Wilcox's saves came in the second half.

The Bulldogs had an 11-9 edge in shots and both teams had three corner kicks.

The three goals were the most Fairfield (3-6-3) has allowed this season.

Yale is back in action on Saturday, hosting Cornell at 3:30 p.m. at Reese Stadium.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity