Bulldogs Back On Road At Columbia

Meredith Speck (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)

Yale Seeks First Win In New York Since 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.

Here are storylines for the game:

• The Bulldogs (7-5-1, 2-2-1 Ivy) may be playing their best soccer of the season. Yale is unbeaten in its last three games, outscoring its opponents 6-1 during the stretch and the only goal allowed came on a questionable penalty kick in the final minute last Saturday at Penn.

• Yale enters the weekend in fifth place in the Ivy League with seven points. The Bulldogs can't catch first-place Harvard (15 points, 5-0), but are only three points in back of second-place Penn and Brown. Yale also needs only one more victory to secure a winning overall record for the 11th time in the last 12 years.

• The Bulldogs continue to have a number of players among the Ivy League leaders. Melissa Gavin is second with nine goals and 21 points. Despite missing the last three games with an injury, Frannie Coxe is tied for the league lead with six assists. Meredith Speck is tied for sixth with five assists and Paula Hagopian is tied for eighth with four assists. Both Yale goalkeepers are in the top three in saves. Elise Wilcox is second with 47, while Rachel Ames is tied for third with 43.

• Hagopian and Wilcox were both named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday. Hagopian scored Yale's goal in the 1-1 tie with Penn, while Wilcox made seven of her nine saves in the first half to keep the Bulldogs in the game.

• Columbia (7-5-3, 0-3-2 Ivy) is one of the league's most efficient offensive teams. The Lions are tied for second, averaging 1.67 goals per games, but are seventh in shots per game (10.47).

• Columbia is tied with Harvard for the league lead with 27 assists.

• This has been a particularly strong season for the Ivy League. All eight teams currently have winning overall records. The Ancient Eight has combined for a 42-16-13 (.683) record outside of conference play.

• No video for the game, but fans can follow live stats.

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Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity