Oct. 2, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - So far in 2007, the new FieldTurf at Reese Stadium has been very kind to Yale. The Bulldogs are 4-0 at home, outscoring their opponents 9-2. They hope to continue those winning ways on Wednesday night when local rival Quinnipiac visits for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Yale (5-4) is coming off an emotional 2-1 overtime victory against Harvard last Saturday. Maggie Westfal scored the game-winning goal just 3:04 into the extra session. It was her team-leading fifth goal of the season and the fourth straight game she has scored in. For her efforts, she was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday.
The Bulldogs have won four straight games overall, and outstanding defensive play has been the key to the streak. Harvard's goal midway through the second half on Saturday is the only goal Yale has allowed during the stretch.
In six previous meetings with Yale, Quinnipiac has managed to score only two goals. The Bobcats, though, are enjoying one of their most successful seasons in recent memory. Quinnipiac (7-1) has won seven straight games since falling to Lehigh 2-0 on Aug. 31.
Bobcat goalkeeper Chloe Beizer is a familiar face to Yale fans. She is a 2007 Yale graduate and started 20 games for the Bulldogs in 2005. She suffered an injury prior to the start of the 2006 season, was granted a medical redshirt and therefore has one year of eligibility remaining. She has started all eight games in goal for the Bobcats this year and has a 0.64 goals against average.
Eight different players have scored for Quinnipiac, led by Lauren Peacock, who has six goals and three assists. Sarah Lawlor and Susan Donovan both have four goals.
Yale topped the Bobcats 4-1 last year and has won all six meetings between the teams.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity