Sept. 18, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's soccer team has looked pretty impressive over the last three games. The Bulldogs have scored 12 goals and yielded just one in victories over Western Carolina, Delaware and Sacred Heart. This weekend, Yale will get an opportunity to test itself on a national stage at the Santa Clara adidas Classic. The Bulldogs play sixth-ranked Stanford on Friday at 5 p.m. PST ( GameTracker Live Stats) and take on perennial national power Santa Clara on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. PST (GameTracker Live Stats, Pay-per-view video).
The Bulldogs (4-2) began the week 72nd in the nation in scoring offense but that could rise after a 6-0 rout of Sacred Heart on Tuesday night. Maggie Westfal had three goals in the win over the Pioneers and leads the team in goals (4) and points (13).
Stanford (6-0-1) has outscored its opponents 19-2 so far this season and has earned five shutouts. The Cardinal has also out shot its opponents 149-50 (85-11 on goal), averaging 21.3 (12.1 on goal) shots a game. Stanford has been scoring most of its goals early on, putting in 13 of its 19 tallies in the first half. On the national scale, Stanford is ranked in the top 30 of four of the six team categories the NCAA keeps a record of in Division I competition, tying for 29th in scoring offense (2.71 goals per game), 13th in won-lost-tied percentage (0.929), and for 10th in shutout percentage (0.714), while solely holding eighth place in goals-against-average (0.277).
Santa Clara (3-4) has played its first seven games away from home. Three of their four losses have come to teams currently ranked in the top four in the nation - No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 3 North Carolina and No. 4 USC. The Broncos have reached the NCAA College Cup in each of the last 19 seasons.
The trip to California is the final tuneup before the start of Ivy League play for the Bulldogs, who host Princeton on Sept. 27 at Reese Stadium at 7 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity