2004 Outlook

Aug. 25, 2004

2003 was another successful season for the Yale women's soccer team. The Bulldogs finished with an overall record of 9-7-1, the seventh time in the last eight years that they have been .500 or better. Only two players from that team have graduated, so head coach Rudy Meredith is optimistic that Yale can contend for the Ivy League title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

In 17 games last year, the Bulldogs allowed only 18 goals. Defense should again be a strength in 2004. Goalkeeper Sarah Walker, the team captain, was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection last fall after tying for the Ivy League lead in saves with 82 and finishing second in shutouts (5) and third in goals against average (0.78). Sophomore Chloe Beizer appeared in three games as a rookie and did not allow a goal in two of them. She earned her first career win against Sacred Heart. Freshman Susan Starr (Fairfield, CT) provides the Bulldogs with plenty of depth in goal.

A pair of seniors anchor Yale's defense. Maureen Metzger was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection last year, while Lindsay Demaree made a successful return after missing virtually all of the 2002 season with an injury. Junior April Siuda also is an experienced defender. She has started every game since she arrived at Yale.

Sophomore Trista Choksi made an immediate impact as a rookie, starting all but one game. Junior Brianne Baker and sophomore Emily Haddad were both regular contributors last year and could play greater roles this fall. Senior Mia Arakaki and sophomores Sarah Milby and Erin Gillespie are candidates for increased playing time as well. Freshman Talia DiPanfilo (Pembroke, MA) will try to make an immediate impact.

Offensively, the Bulldogs return four of the top five scorers from last year, including junior Laurel Karnes, who finished sixth in the Ivy League in points with 21. She was named second team All-Ivy, third team All-Region by SoccerBuzz and team most valuable player. Fellow junior Jamie Ortega also is a scoring threat. An honorable mention All-Ivy selection following her freshman year, she has nine career goals. Last year she tied for second on the team in goals (3) and points (9).

Sophomore Christina Huang, a first team All-Ivy and a second team All-Region selection as a rookie, is a threat both offensively and defensively. She started 15 games last year, tied for second on the team in assists with three and was fifth in points with five. Fellow sophomores Mimi Macauley and Michelle Gosselin also had strong rookie seasons. Two of Macauley's three goals were game-winners, and she tied for second on the team in goals and points (9). Gosselin appeared in all 17 games and tied for third on the team in goals with two.

The Bulldogs should also be bolstered by the return of junior Eleni Benson, who rejoins the team after taking the year off to play with the Greece Olympic Team. In 2002 Benson started all 19 games and had five goals and four assists. Senior Vanessa Resnick has developed into a consistent scoring threat. In 16 games last year she had two goals and one assist. Juniors Lindsey Weening and Jessica Berggren can provide an offensive spark as well. Weening started a career-high eight games last year and scored her first career goal, while Berggren appeared in 15 games and had two assists. Freshmen Stefanie Delvecchio (Ottawa, ONT), Alicia Fujii (Santa Margarita, CA) and Zaria Udeh (Scarborough, ME) will compete for playing time.

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