September 21, 2007

Key Regional Rival Set For Sunday

Sept. 21, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After opening the season by traveling all over the country to take on some of the nation's top teams, the Bulldogs are settling into an important stretch of regional matchups. It started on Wednesday against Sacred Heart, and Yale responded well, cruising to a 3-0 victory at Reese Stadium. Next up is a road game at Central Connecticut on Sunday at 1 p.m. in New Britain. Live stats for the game will be available at ccsubluedevils.com.

Yale scored only one goal during its four-game journey, but broke out in a big way against Sacred Heart. Becky Brown, Leslie Perez and Maggie Westfal all hit the back of the net. The Bulldogs' defense, anchored by Mary Kuder, Hayley Zevenbergen, Sophia Merrifield and Hannah Smith, has been solid as well. The Bulldogs have allowed more than two goals in a game only once this season.

Central Connecticut (2-3-1) is a familiar opponent as the teams have played at least once every year since 1997. The Blue Devils have been one of the most successful programs in the Northeast, making four appearances in the NCAA Tournament this decade.

CCSU hosts Harvard on Friday before playing Yale and has victories over Fairfield and Holy Cross. Two of the Blue Devils' losses have come to ranked opponents - No. 9 Boston College and No. 17 UConn. Rachel Caneen and Beth Lloyd share the team lead in goals with two apiece. Caity Casey has seen a majority of action in goal and has a 1.33 goals against average.

Yale returns to Reese Stadium for another important regional match next Tuesday against Boston University at 7 p.m.

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    Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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