Sept. 21, 2004
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Despite dropping a pair of hard-fought games in Northern California over the weekend, Yale remains ranked in two national polls. The Bulldogs (5-2) are 23rd in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll and are rated 28th by SoccerBuzz. In addition, Yale is ranked first in the Northeast Region by both organizations.
The Bulldogs opened the season with five straight wins for the first time in school history, fell 2-0 to 13th-ranked Santa Clara on Friday and then dropped a 1-0 decision to No. 15 Stanford on Sunday. In seven games, Yale has allowed only four goals and is ranked 23rd in the nation in goals against average (0.57).
Nine different players have scored for the Bulldogs, who have outscored their opponents 12-4. Christina Huang leads the team in scoring with five points (2 goals, 1 assist). Lindsey Weening and Jamie Ortega each have two goals.
The Bulldogs open Ivy League play on Friday night at 7 p.m. when 17th-ranked Princeton visits the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. The Tigers, who have reached the NCAA Tournament in four of the last five years, are 4-1. They opened the season with a victory over then fifth-ranked Texas A&M, won their next three and then fell to Wake Forest on Sunday.
Princeton leads the all-time series with Yale 18-9-3. The Tigers won 4-2 last year in New Jersey.