Senior Night Highlights Final Weekend
Bulldogs Play Home And Home Pair With Brown
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.
Here are storylines for the weekend.
• The most important storyline for the Bulldogs is Friday is Senior Night. Five Yale seniors will be making their final appearance in Reese Stadium. Juliann Jeffrey, Anna McCahon, Shannon McSweeney, Jessica Schloth and Katie Underwood have combined to lead the Bulldogs to 32 victories over the last four seasons and provided the team with outstanding leadership.
Jeffrey has missed only one game in her career. This season, she has scored two goals and both were game-winners, including the only goal in the 1-0 victory over Cornell. As a junior, one of her two assists came on the game-winning goal against Central Connecticut. In her sophomore year, she appeared in all 17 games, and her first career goal came in her rookie season in a victory over Holy Cross. Off the field, she teaches at Yale Demos, travelling to Roberto Clemente Elementary School in New Haven to instruct science concepts to third graders.
McCahon has been a key defender for the Bulldogs since the day she arrived. In all, she has started 53 games, including 13 of 14 this season. An injury limited her to 12 games as a junior but she still made a significant contribution. In her sophomore year, she helped anchor a defense that posted seven shutouts. Her first career point was an assist in her freshman season. Off the field, she volunteers with the New Haven Boys & Girls Club Outreach YES (Yale Excellence in Sports) to enrich the lives of underprivileged kids through mentoring and coaching.
McSweeney, the team captain, has provided the Bulldogs with outstanding leadership. This season she has started 13 games and played an important role on defense. After suffering a season-ending injury that forced her to miss the 2011 season, she worked hard to return as a junior and started eight games. In 2010, she was the only freshman to start all 17 games and was named a CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performer after Yale's victory over Penn State. Off the field, she has been a volunteer for Franciscan Hospital for Children.
After missing two seasons with an injury, Schloth was set to rejoin the Bulldogs this year but suffered another injury that has kept her from playing. Nevertheless, she has supplied outstanding support for her teammates. In 2010, she was selected as one of the top freshmen in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Her first career point was an assist on the game-winning goal in the upset of Penn State. Off the field, she has volunteered with BRED (Bring Relief Every Day), a charity that collects excess bread and baked goods from Yale residential college dining halls and walks them over to two halfway houses.
Underwood has seen limited action in her career but has still been a valuable member of the team. She made her first career start earlier this season in the 4-0 victory over Marist. Off the field, she spent 10 weeks this summer as a molecular biology researcher on serotonin neurons at the Yale School of Medicine on a Yale research fellowship. In addition, she volunteered at Yale New Haven Hospital as a patient ambassador.
• Prior to Friday's game, Yale will host an anti-violence presentation for girls. The program features an informational session regarding the dangers of guns, gangs and drugs. In addition, there will be presentations by Yale women's athletes, lawyers, law enforcement and ex-offenders, who will speak with the young women about choices and careers. The National Anthem will be performed by SOUND Affect. SOUND Affect is an organization based on the premise that music is a powerful tool for change in the world. Excellence, passion and commitment mark all the SOUND Affect ensembles, and their music has encouraged and inspired audiences of all ages. With custom arrangements prepared by founding director Carol Taubl, the singers are challenged and inspired to improve their own musical skills while spreading the message of hope to audiences everywhere they perform.
• Yale (7-6-1, 2-3-1 Ivy) is trying to secure a winning overall record for the 11th time in the last 12 years.
• The Bulldogs have several players among the Ivy League leaders. Melissa Gavin is second in the league in goals (10) and points (23). Despite missing the last four games with an injury, Frannie Coxe is tied for second with six assists. Meredith Speck is tied for seventh with five assists.
• Brown (8-6-1, 3-2-1 Ivy) enters the weekend third in the Ivy League with 10 points.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity