Sept. 24, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs have little time to enjoy their 2-1 victory over Princeton in Saturday's Ivy League opener. Yale travels to Boston on Monday to play 12th-ranked Boston University at 7 p.m. The Terriers (7-2-1) are unbeaten in their last 15 games at Nickerson Field and have achieved the highest ranking in school history.
"We know they are ranked 12th and beat [third-ranked] Santa Clara, so that should give us plenty of motivation," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith.
The Bulldogs (4-3-1) also are playing well, having won three straight and four of their last five. During the winning streak, Yale has outscored its opponents 7-1.
The most important victory in the stretch was Saturday's 2-1 victory over Princeton in the Ivy League opener. Mimi Macauley scored two second-half goals as the Bulldogs began defense of their Ivy League title in impressive fashion.
BU's biggest win came over then third-ranked Santa Clara last weekend at Stanford. Lauren Erwin scored the only goal of the game in the 63rd minute. Erwin, who leads the team in scoring with nine points, is a native of Orange, Conn., and is good friends with Macauley. The two played together for youth soccer teams in Connecticut.
The Terriers also have victories over Princeton (2-0) and Harvard (2-0) and played a scoreless tie with Brown.
Yale and Boston University are playing for only the third time and each team has won once. The last meeting was a 1-0 Terrier victory in 1999.
"This is a huge game for us," Macauley said. "Because of our early-season losses, it's important in terms of NCAA consideration."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity