October 3, 2008

Three-Game Road Stretch Starts Saturday At Harvard

Oct. 3, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's soccer team plays the first of three straight Ivy League road games on Saturday at Harvard. The stretch will go a long way in determining whether Yale stays in the race for the league title. After dropping their opener last Saturday to Princeton, the Bulldogs are in need of a win. Kickoff is slated for 11:30 a.m. at Ohiri Field and fans can follow Live Stats of the game from gocrimson.com.

Yale (5-4-1, 0-1 Ivy) went 326 minutes, 2 seconds without scoring before Maggie Westfal's goal early in the second half of Wednesday night's win over Bryant. The wait for another goal wasn't nearly as long. Emma Whitfield scored just 4:52 later as the Bulldogs cruised to victory. Westfal and Whitfield have combined for 10 goals and 28 points this season.

Harvard (3-3-3, 0-1) is in a similar situation to Yale. The Crimson dropped their Ivy opener, 2-0 at Penn last Saturday. The loss snapped Harvard's six-game unbeaten streak. Freshman Melanie Baskind leads the Crimson with eight points and three goals and is tied with Katherine Sheeleigh with two assists. Sheeleigh (one goal, two assists) and Erin Wylie (two goals) are second on the squad with four points. Baskind, Sheeleigh and Wylie have each contributed one game-winning goal.

Lauren Mann is 2-3-2 in net and has stopped 41 shots for a .820 save percentage (41 of 50). She also has posted a 1.19 goals-against average. Laura Dale (1-0-1) earned her first career shutout at Fairfield and has now stopped 21 of 22 shots (.955 save percentage) she has faced this fall. She also has a 0.45 goals-against average to her credit.

Yale has won three straight games against Harvard, including a 2-1 overtime victory last year at Reese Stadium. Westfal scored the game-winning goal just 3:04 into the extra period. Caitlin Collins also had a goal for the Bulldogs.

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Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity