Busy Stretch Continues With Two Games This Weekend

Anna McCahon. (photo by Sam Rubin 95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Anna McCahon. (photo by Sam Rubin 95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Host Sacred Heart Friday; Travel To Fairfield Sunday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.

Here are storylines for the two games:

• This weekend is the final tune up before the Bulldogs open Ivy League play at Princeton on Sept. 28. At 4-1, Yale is off to its best start since 2004. Two wins this weekend would give the Bulldogs six heading into league play, the most since the 2005 team also had six. Yale went on to win the Ivy title that year.

• Yale may have had its most dominant performance of the season Wednesday in a 2-0 victory over America East preseason favorite Hartford. The Bulldogs scored a pair of pretty goals off of corner kicks, while allowing the Hawks very few quality scoring opportunities.

• Yale's 1-0 victory over Stony Brook on Sept. 6 is looking more impressive as the season goes on. The Seawolves, who won the America East Tournament title last year, haven't lost since and are ranked 10th in the Northeast by the NSCAA.

• The Bulldogs are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games at Reese Stadium dating back to last season.

• Sacred Heart (2-5) will be well rested coming into Friday's game. The Pioneers haven't played since a 5-1 win over UMass Lowell last Sunday.

• All five of Sacred Heart's losses have been by one goal.

• Yale is the third Ivy League opponent for the Pioneers, who lost 1-0 decisions to both Cornell and Columbia. SHU plays at Brown on Sunday.

• Fairfield (3-3) plays at Central Connecticut on Friday. The Stags have won three straight games after opening the season with three losses.

• Fairfield was picked as the preseason MAAC favorite in a vote of the league's coaches. The Stags won the regular season title last year. Fifth-year senior Nikki Stanton, senior Carly Beyar and juniors Megan O'Brien and Kathleen Early were named to the preseason All-MAAC Team.

• The Bulldogs are 10-0-1 all-time against Sacred Heart. Last year at Reese Stadium, Melissa Gavin and Muriel Battaglia scored in a 3-0 Yale victory.

• Yale also has enjoyed success against Fairfield. The Bulldogs have won six straight against the Stags and lead the all-time series 10-2-1. Goalkeeper Elise Wilcox made three saves to post a shutout as Yale topped Fairfield 1-0 last year in New Haven.

Live stats and Yale All-Access video are available for Friday's game with Sacred Heart.

• Only live stats Sunday at Fairfield.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity