Both Teams 1-2 In Ivy Play
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.
Here are storylines for the game:
• The Bulldogs (6-5, 1-2 Ivy) are coming off an impressive 4-0 victory over Marist on Monday. The four goals matched Yale's season high and came on only eight shots.
• Melissa Gavin scored twice in Monday's victory and has regained the Ivy League lead with nine goals.
• The Bulldogs continue to get outstanding play from their two goalkeepers. Elise Wilcox tied her career high with 10 saves in Monday's shutout of Marist. Both Wilcox and Rachel Ames rank in the top five in the Ivy League in saves. Ames is second with 43, while Wilcox is fourth with 33.
• One of the keys for the Bulldogs in Monday's win was getting off to a strong start. Juliann Jeffrey scored 11 minutes in and Shannon Conneely added a goal with just seven second left in the first half. Despite those two goals, Yale has still been outscored 12-5 in the first half of games this season.
• Yale and Cornell have played a number of close games in recent years. The last four meetings have each been decided by one goal. Last year in Ithaca, the Bulldogs escaped with a 1-0 win when Frannie Coxe sent a corner kick into the box that deflected off a Cornell defender and just inside the near post. Two years ago, Enma Mullo's goal off a free kick 7:40 into overtime lifted Yale to a 2-1 win. Overall, the Bulldogs lead the all-time series 17-15.
• Cornell (7-4-1, 1-2 Ivy) is off to its best start through 12 games since 2003, when it was 7-3-2. The Big Red has won six of its last nine games, but dropped a 7-2 decision to Ivy League-leading Harvard last Saturday at Berman Field.
• Cornell has four players with at least 10 points for the first time since 1995. Caroline Growney leads the team with five goals.
• Freshman Kelsey Tierney has started seven of the last eight games in goal, sporting a 4-3 record with a 1.29 goals-against average and .762 save percentage.
Report filed by Tim Bennety, Yale Sports Publicity