2013-14 Yale Women's Soccer News

January 17, 2014
Gavin, Speck Earn First Team All-New England Honors
Melissa Gavin and Meredith Speck, the only two players to start 16 games this fall, have each been named to the All-New England first team.

December 9, 2013
Speck Elected 2014 Captain
Meredith Speck served as a team captain for both her Sacred Heart Academy high school team and Long Island Fury club team prior to coming to Yale. Next fall, that experience will come in handy. Speck, a two-time first team All-Ivy selection, was elected captain of the 2014 Yale women’s soccer team. The announcement was made recently following a team vote.

November 14, 2013
Three Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy Recognition
Three Yale women’s soccer players have earned All-Ivy recognition. Forward Melissa Gavin and defender Meredith Speck were both named to the first team, while midfielder Shannon McSweeney was a second team selection.

November 10, 2013
Jeffrey Scores In Final Career Game But Bulldogs Fall At Brown
Juliann Jeffrey scored in her final career game, but it wasn’t enough to lead the Yale women’s soccer team to victory. The Bulldogs dropped a 2-1 decision at Brown in the season finale for both teams.

November 8, 2013
Gavin Scores 11th Goal In 3-1 Loss To Brown
Brown won a majority of the scrums in the box at both ends of the field, and the result was a 3-1 victory over Yale on a chilly night at Reese Stadium.

November 7, 2013
Senior Night Highlights Final Weekend
The Yale women’s soccer team ends the 2013 season with a pair of games against Brown this weekend. The two teams play the game that counts in the Ivy League standings Friday at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium and then meet in Providence on Sunday in a 1 p.m. kickoff.

November 2, 2013
Bulldogs Fall 3-1 At Columbia
As has been the case throughout the season, Columbia was very efficient Saturday against Yale. The Lions had 16 shots but scored on three of them en route to a 3-1 victory at the Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium.

November 1, 2013
Coxe, Battaglia Named Academic All-District
Frannie Coxe and Muriel Battaglia each have made key contributions to the Yale women’s soccer team this fall. They’ve also been successful in the classroom. As a result both were named to the Capital One Academic All-District I first team.

October 30, 2013
Bulldogs Back On Road At Columbia
The Yale women’s soccer team plays its second straight Ivy League road game on Saturday at Columbia. Kickoff at the Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium is slated for 1 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. but was changed recently.

October 26, 2013
Bulldogs Settle For 1-1 Tie At Penn
The Yale women’s soccer team came within 21 seconds of posting perhaps its most impressive win of the season. Instead, it turned into a frustrating night for the Bulldogs, who were forced to settle for a 1-1 tie with Penn on a picture perfect evening at Rhodes Field.

October 24, 2013
Bulldogs Visit Penn
The Yale women’s soccer team plays its first Ivy League road game of the season on Saturday at Penn. Kickoff at Rhodes Field is set for 5 p.m.

October 19, 2013
Jeffrey’s Goal Lifts Yale Past Cornell
There is nothing Yale women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith stresses more than the importance of scoring first. His team hasn’t always been able to deliver this season, but that is starting to change. For the second straight game, the Bulldogs got the first goal, and in this case the only goal, in a 1-0 victory over Cornell on Saturday night at Reese Stadium.

October 17, 2013
Bulldogs Host Cornell On Youth Day
The Yale women’s soccer team hosts Cornell on Saturday. Kickoff on Youth Day at Reese Stadium is slated for 6:30 p.m., following the Yale-Cornell men’s game which starts at 3:30 p.m.

October 14, 2013
Gavin Scores Twice As Bulldogs Blank Marist 4-0
The Yale women’s soccer team was very efficient Monday night at Marist. The Bulldogs managed only eight shots, but four of them found the back of the net. The result was an impressive 4-0 victory over the Red Foxes on a chilly night at Gartland Athletic Field.

October 13, 2013
Bulldogs Visit Marist Monday
The Yale women’s soccer team plays a non-league game on Monday night at Marist. Kickoff at the Gartland Athletic Field is slated for 7 p.m.

October 12, 2013
Bulldogs Back Home To Host Dartmouth On Alumni Day
The Yale women’s soccer team is back at Reese Stadium on Saturday hosting Dartmouth. Kickoff on Alumni Day is slated for 4 p.m. The Yale men host Dartmouth at 7 p.m.

October 12, 2013
First-Half Goal Lifts Dartmouth Past Yale
Dartmouth had a pretty substantial edge in play in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Yale Saturday at Reese Stadium. Still, the Bulldogs couldn’t help but wonder what might have been as they walked off the field.

October 7, 2013
Yale's Game With Central Connecticut Postponed
Tonight's Yale women's soccer game with Central Connecticut, scheduled to be played in New Britain, has been postponed because of the threat of severe weather. A make-up date for the match has not yet been determined.

October 6, 2013
Monday Night Soccer At Central Connecticut
The Yale women’s soccer team takes a break from Ivy League play on Monday and travels to Central Connecticut. Kickoff in New Britain is slated for 7 p.m.

October 5, 2013
Harvard Holds Off Yale 3-1
For a stretch of the second half Saturday, it looked like the Yale women’s soccer team might be on its way to another big comeback.

October 3, 2013
Bulldogs Seek Best Ivy Start Since 2009; Host Harvard
The Yale women’s soccer team opened Ivy League play with a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory at Princeton last weekend. The Bulldogs play their first home Ivy game on Saturday, hosting Harvard. Kickoff at Reese Stadium is slated for 4 p.m., the first game of a doubleheader with the Yale men, who host Harvard at 7 p.m.

October 2, 2013
Hagopian Earns CollegeSoccer360.com Honor
Paula Hagopian’s one goal and two assist performance at Princeton on Saturday has earned her another honor. Hagopian was named a Week 6 Prime Time Performer by collegesoccer360.com. Hagopian scored the game-winner in overtime as Yale knocked off the defending Ivy League champion Tigers 3-2.

October 1, 2013
Total Mortgage Athlete Spotlight Of The Week – Women’s Soccer Player Melissa Gavin
There has been no stopping junior forward Melissa Gavin since she has first stepped foot on the field for the Yale women’s soccer team. In 2011, Gavin became just the fourth player in Yale history to be named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year. This past weekend, Gavin scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season to help the Bulldogs to a thrilling overtime victory against defending Ivy champion Princeton. Gavin is the latest Total Mortgage Athlete Spotlight of the Week.

September 30, 2013
Hagopian Named Ivy League Player Of Week
Paula Hagopian has made a habit of scoring big goals this season for the Yale women’s soccer team. She struck again Saturday, notching the game-winner in overtime as the Bulldogs knocked of defending Ivy League champion Princeton 3-2. For that effort, she has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week.

September 28, 2013
Yale Wins Ivy Opener In Thrilling Fashion
Meredith Speck has a number of key roles for the Yale women’s soccer team. Late in the second half of Saturday’s Ivy League opener against Princeton, head coach Rudy Meredith had her back on defense. When the game went to overtime, his plan was to keep her there. Speck, though, had other ideas.

September 26, 2013
Ivy Play Begins With Trip To Princeton
The Yale women’s soccer team opens Ivy League play at Princeton on Saturday. Kickoff at Roberts Stadium is slated for 4 p.m.

September 22, 2013
Fairfield Scores Late First-Half Goal To Sink Yale
A disturbing trend has emerged as the Yale women’s soccer team prepares for next Saturday’s Ivy League opener against Princeton. In each of the last two games, the Bulldogs have allowed a goal in the final minute of the first half. It was particularly damaging on Sunday against Fairfield as it turned out to be the only goal of the game as the Stags edged the Bulldogs 1-0.

September 20, 2013
Busy Stretch Continues With Two Games This Weekend
The Yale women’s soccer team concludes a three-games-in-five-day stretch with two games this weekend. The Bulldogs host Sacred Heart on Friday at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium and then travel to Fairfield on Sunday for a 2 p.m. kickoff.

September 20, 2013
Two First-Half Goals Lead Sacred Heart Past Yale
The Yale women’s soccer team dug itself an early hole Friday against Sacred Heart and couldn’t quite recover. The result was a 2-1 loss to the Pioneers on a gorgeous night at Reese Stadium.

September 18, 2013
Bulldogs Blank Hartford 2-0
The Yale women’s soccer team used a balanced performance to knock off America East preseason favorite Hartford on Wednesday night. The Bulldogs scored a pair of goals off corner kicks and limited the Hawks’ scoring chances in a very efficient 2-0 victory on a chilly night at Reese Stadium.

September 17, 2013
Bulldogs Back Home To Host Hartford
A busy week for the Yale women’s soccer team begins on Wednesday night when Hartford comes to town. Kickoff at Reese Stadium is slated for 7 p.m. The Bulldogs (3-1) then host Sacred Heart on Friday and travel to Fairfield on Sunday.

September 17, 2013
Speck Earns CollegeSportsMadness.com Honor
Meredith Speck, who assisted on three of Yale’s four goals in Sunday’s thrilling 4-3 victory over Towson, has been named the CollegeSportsMadness.com Ivy League Player of the Week.

September 15, 2013
Hagopian’s Overtime Goal Caps Big Yale Comeback
It was looking like a lost weekend for the Yale women’s soccer team midway through the second half of Sunday’s game at Towson. The Bulldogs, who fell at No. 12 Georgetown on Friday, were trailing the Tigers 3-1.

September 13, 2013
Trip To DC, Maryland On Tap For Bulldogs
After opening with a pair of victories last weekend, the Yale women’s soccer team embarks on its longest road trip of the season. The Bulldogs head to Washington, DC, to face No. 12 Georgetown on Friday and then are in Maryland to meet Towson on Sunday for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

September 13, 2013
No. 12 Georgetown Hands Yale First Loss
The Yale women’s soccer team learned first hand that No. 12 Georgetown is a serious threat for a national championship. Mary Kroening and Daphne Corboz each scored twice as the Hoyas cruised to an 8-0 victory over the Bulldogs in the nation’s capital.

September 10, 2013
Decker Earns CollegeSportsMadness Weekly Honor
Freshman Geny Decker’s big game against UMass Lowell caught the attention of one national website. Decker, who scored twice in the 3-1 victory over the River Hawks on Sunday, was selected as the CollegeSportsMadness Ivy League Player of the Week.

September 9, 2013
Gavin Named Ivy League Player Of Week
Melissa Gavin is off to a strong start for the Yale women’s soccer team. She scored a pair of game-winning goals over the weekend as the Bulldogs won their first two games of the season for the first time since 2009. This morning, she was rewarded for her efforts by being named the season’s first Ivy League Player of the Week.

September 8, 2013
Two-Goal Second Half Lifts Bulldogs Over UMass Lowell
UMass Lowell pulled out all the pomp and circumstance for its first women’s soccer home game as a Division I institution. There were a number of local youth players in attendance and the pre-game introductions were done Champions League style.

September 6, 2013
Two Games For Bulldogs On Opening Weekend
The season opener is finally in sight for the Yale women’s soccer team. The Bulldogs kick off the 2013 campaign by hosting Stony Brook on Friday at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium. Two days later, Yale plays its first road game, traveling to UMass Lowell for a 2 p.m. kickoff.

September 6, 2013
Gavin’s Goal Lifts Yale To Season-Opening Victory
Rudy Meredith has his Yale women’s soccer team playing a more defensive style this fall. Still, he knows he will still need offense. That’s where Melissa Gavin comes in.

September 4, 2013
2013 Season Preview: Versatile Bulldogs Seek Successful Campaign
The Yale women’s soccer team has plenty of reason for optimism heading into the 2013 season. Long-time head coach Rudy Meredith has a deep and versatile roster. The Bulldogs have finished with a winning overall record in 10 of the last 11 years and there is no reason to believe that won’t be the case again this fall. Yale also figures to be a serious player in the race for the Ivy League title.

August 23, 2013
Bailey, Butwin Join Yale Coaching Staff
There will be a pair of newcomers to the Yale women’s soccer coaching staff this season, but they won’t be unfamiliar faces. Cailean Bailey, who has spent the last two years as an assistant coach for the Yale men, will now be assisting both programs, serving as the goalkeeping coach for the women. In addition, Jenny Butwin ’13, the captain of the women’s squad last year, will return to the program as a volunteer assistant coach.

August 13, 2013
Gavin Earns Preseason Honor
Melissa Gavin, who tied for the team lead with four assists last season, has been named to collegesportsmadness.com’s preseason All-Ivy League second team.

August 9, 2013
Head Coaching Position Endowed In Honor Of Current Coach Rudy Meredith
The Yale Athletic Department announced today that the position of head coach for the women’s soccer team has been endowed. The name of the endowment is quite familiar, the Rudolph L. Meredith Head Coach of Women’s Soccer.

August 5, 2013
Ames Named WPSL Goalkeeper Of The Year
Rachel Ames, who was in goal for every minute of Yale’s seven Ivy League games last fall, has earned a big honor this summer. Ames was selected as the Women’s Premier Soccer League’s Southern Conference Goalkeeper of the Year. She also was a first team all-league selection.

July 25, 2013
Seven Newcomers Set To Join Bulldogs
Yale women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith will welcome seven newcomers to the roster this fall. Six freshmen, representing five states, and one transfer are heading to New Haven.

June 28, 2013
Seven Home Games Highlight 2013 Schedule
It won’t take long for Yale women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith to get a gauge of his 2013 squad. Two of the Bulldogs’ first three opponents made the NCAA Tournament last year. The 17-game schedule kicks off with a home game against Stony Brook on Sept. 6. In all, the Bulldogs will play seven games in the friendly confines of Reese Stadium, where they went 6-2-1 last year.