Sept. 25, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - With another impressive performance Tuesday night, Yale made sure it enters Ivy League play with positive momentum. Maggie Westfal scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season, and the Bulldogs posted their third straight shutout, a 1-0 victory over Boston University in front of beautiful full moon at Reese Stadium. Yale hosts Harvard in the Ivy opener on Saturday night at 7 p.m.
"Our confidence is good," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "We're ready for anything. We've seen teams with a good striker. We've seen teams with a great defender. There should be no surprises."
The Bulldogs are 4-4, but their losses have come to ACC powers Duke and North Carolina, second ranked Portland and Washington of the Pac-10.
"We've had a number of good tests," Meredith said.
Wednesday's win came over a Boston University team that was picked to win the America East Conference and received an at-large bid to last year's NCAA College Cup.
A picture-perfect give-and-go between Westfal and Becky Brown led to the only goal of the game in the 14th minute. Westfal fed Brown, raced down the near side, got a return pass and slid a shot past BU goalkeeper Janie Reilly.
"We executed exactly what we talked about in our pregame meeting," Meredith said. "We wanted to keep the ball on the ground because they are such a strong team in the air."
Yale's defense made the goal stand up. The Terriers had only a couple of quality chances the rest of the way. Emily Pallotta had the best opportunity when she dribbled through the defense, but a fired a shot wide left from point blank range in the 67th minute.
Reilly made a pair of difficult saves on Natalia Mann to keep the Bulldogs from adding an insurance goal in the second half. The first was a diving stop on a shot that appeared to be headed to the right corner, and the second came when she came out of the net to smother Mann's shot on a breakaway.
Yale outshot the Terriers 16-14. Susan Starr played the first 45 minutes in goal for the Bulldogs and made one save, while Ayana Sumiyasu came on and stopped two shots in the second half. Reilly finished with seven saves for BU.
Nineteen different players saw action for Yale. The Bulldogs have allowed only one goal in their last four games.
"It was a total team effort," Meredith said. "We had some players come off the bench and play very well. I was proud of our effort against a good Boston University team."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity