Bulldogs Close Out Season With A Pair Of Games Against Brown
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's soccer team closes out the season with a rare home-and-home with Brown. The two teams will meet in Providence on Thursday in the game that will count in the Ivy League standings. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. and the Fox Soccer Channel will televise it as part of College Game of the Week package. On Sunday at 2 p.m., the teams will meet in New Haven on Senior Day. That game will be televised on tape delay by CPTV Sports in Connecticut.
Seniors Trish Berkanish, Jenny Butwin, Kristen Forster, Adele Jackson-Gibson, Mary Kubiuk, Torrey Leroy, Lauren Mathy and Anne Song will be suiting up for the final time in their careers. The eight have combined to lead the Bulldogs to 34 victories over the last four years.
Berkanish has played in 59 games in her career and has been an anchor on the Yale defense. This fall she scored in Yale's victory over Iona. Last year as a junior she was one of only six players to start all 17 games. Her first career goal came in her freshman year against Holy Cross.
Butwin has provided the team with outstanding leadership as the captain this fall. Her first career assist came in her junior season against Saint Peter's. She made her first career start earlier this season.
Forster has been one of Yale's top offensive threats since arriving on campus. Her 17 career assists are tied for the sixth most in school history. She also has 15 career goals, including six this season, which leads the team. As a sophomore, she earned second team All-Ivy honors and in 2009 shared the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year Award with Princeton's Alison Nabatoff, becoming only the third player in school history to earn Rookie of the Year honors.
Jackson-Gibson began the year as Yale's starting goalkeeper but suffered a season-ending injury in the third game. Last year she posted four shutouts, which was second in the Ivy League, and finished fourth in the league in goals against average (0.83) and save percentage (.837) and fifth in saves (41). She is a two-time recipient of the team's most improved player award.
Kubiuk has provided the Yale offense with a spark throughout her tenure. She has nine goals in her career, including two this season as a senior. Last year, all four of her goals came in Yale victories.
Leroy has started 48 games in her outstanding career. She was named the team's defensive most valuable player as a junior and started 16 of 17 games in her sophomore year.
Mathy has been an anchor on the Yale defense since the day she arrived in New Haven. She has started 41 games, despite missing virtually all of the 2010 season. She scored her first career goal in her freshman year in a victory over Sacred Heart.
Song has enjoyed an outstanding final campaign. She is tied for third on the team with seven points, and scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Fairfield.
The Bulldogs (7-7-1, 1-4-1 Ivy) are seeking to finish with a winning overall record for the 10th time in the last 11 years.
Brown (7-8, 1-5 Ivy) has lost its last two games 1-0 in overtime. Chloe Cross leads the team with four goals.
Yale at Brown – Thursday, 7 p.m.
Brown at Yale – Sunday, 2 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity