September 26, 2013

Ivy Play Begins With Trip To Princeton

Bulldogs, Tigers Meet Saturday At 4 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's soccer team opens Ivy League play at Princeton on Saturday. Kickoff at Roberts Stadium is slated for 4 p.m.

Here are storylines for the Ivy opener:

• In a bit of a statistical anomaly, the visiting team has won each of the last six meetings. Yale is 2-0 all-time at Roberts Stadium, which opened in 2008. The Bulldogs also won in Princeton in 2007. Their last loss there was a 2-1 decision in 2005.

• Princeton won last year 2-1 in overtime at Reese Stadium. The winning goal came when a Yale defender inadvertently headed Liana Cornacchio's long throw in into her own goal. Muriel Battaglia scored for the Bulldogs when she headed in a Melissa Gavin corner kick. Gavin scored against Princeton in her rookie year.

• The game features the two leading goal scorers in the Ivy League. Princeton's Tyler Lussi has scored six goals, while Yale's Gavin has five. Lussi and Gavin share the league lead with 12 points apiece as well.

• Yale's Frannie Coxe is tied with Cornell's Dempsey Banks for the league lead in assists with five. Coxe, though, has been a bit snake bit when it comes to scoring a goal. She has had a shot deflect off the cross bar in each of the last two games.

• Yale played perhaps its best game of the season in a 2-0 victory over Hartford on Sept. 18. Since then, the Bulldogs have dropped two straight, 2-1 to Sacred Heart and 1-0 at Fairfield. In both games, the game-winning goal was scored in the final minute of the first half.

• Princeton (4-1-2) is unbeaten in its last three games and is coming off a 3-1 victory at Fordham on Tuesday.

• The Tigers are the defending Ivy League champions. Princeton went 7-0 in league playlast fall, only the fourth team in league history to complete a perfect Ivy season, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Video of the game is available through the Ivy League Digital Network. Fans can also follow live stats.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity