Sept. 18, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After taking a pair of long road trips over the last two weekends, the Yale women's soccer team will spend a majority of the next month in the friendly confines of Reese Stadium. The Bulldogs play six of their next seven games at home and won't travel out of Connecticut until an Oct. 20 matchup with Ivy League rival Penn. The stretch of home games begins on Wednesday night when Sacred Heart visits for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Yale (1-4) is coming off its most impressive performance of the season, a 1-0 loss at No. 4 Portland on Sunday. Playing in front of a hostile crowd of 2,787, the Bulldogs had a number of quality opportunities to grab an early lead. Hannah Smith and Maggie Westfal both had breakaways but were thwarted by Portland goalkeeper Kelsey Davis. The Pilots, the 2005 NCAA College Cup champions, scored the only goal of the game in the 81st minute.
On Friday, Yale dropped a 2-1 decision to Washington of the Pac-10. Freshman Becky Brown scored her team-leading second goal of the season in the first half to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead, but the Huskies scored a pair of second-half goals. Brown was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday.
The Yale goalkeeping duo of Susan Starr and Ayana Sumiyasu is second in the Ivy League in saves (32) and saves per game (6.40). Offensively, the Bulldogs have struggled a bit, scoring only once since a season-opening 3-1 victory over Bucknell.
Sacred Heart, which was picked to finish fifth in the NEC preseason poll, has dropped its first five games. Three of the losses have come by one goal. Allison Rojas and Leigh Dogmantis have scored for the Pioneers. Meghan Reichelt has played every minute of every game in goal and has a 1.96 goals against average and a .737 save percentage.
Yale is 5-0 all-time against the Pioneers. The Bulldogs won the last meeting, 5-1 in 2005.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity