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Final Road Game Takes Yale To Columbia

Mary Kubiuk. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity
Mary Kubiuk. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity

Trip Has Proven Difficult In Recent Years

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's soccer team, winners of four of its last five games, plays its final road game of the season Saturday at Columbia. Kickoff at the Columbia Soccer Stadium is set for 7 p.m. following the Yale-Columbia men's game, which kicks off at 4 p.m.

The Bulldogs' only blemish over the stretch was a 2-0 loss to Penn last Saturday which dealt a serious blow to their Ivy League title hopes. Still, Yale enters the weekend in a three-way tie for third place, four points behind first-place Harvard and three in back of second-place Penn.

The Bulldogs (8-5-2 overall) rebounded from the loss to the Quakers with an impressive 4-0 victory over Saint Peter's on Monday night. Mary Kubiuk scored two goals to lead the way as Yale outshot the Peahens 37-9. Kubiuk is now tied for third on the team with four goals, which have all come in the last five games.

Enma Mullo continues to lead the team in goals (6) and points (16). Melissa Gavin has five goals and a team-best five assists, while Meredith Speck has contributed four goals and three assists.

Columbia (6-9 overall) also is 3-2 in Ivy play. The Lions also played on Monday night, edging Manhattan 1-0. Natalie Melo scored the only goal of the game to give Columbia its second straight victory.

The trip to New York has not been kind to the Bulldogs in recent years. Yale has lost three of its last four games at the Columbia Soccer Stadium. Last year in New Haven, Kristen Forster scored the winning goal late in the second half to lift the Bulldogs to a 2-1 win.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity