Oct. 19, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After playing their first three league games in the friendly confines of Reese Stadium, the Bulldogs hit the road for an Ivy game for the first time on Saturday when they play at Penn at 5 p.m. The Quakers are 3-0 in Ivy play and tied with Princeton for first place, one game ahead of third-place Yale. Weather permitting, live stats of the game will be available at PennAthletics.com.
A hostile environment shouldn't faze the Bulldogs, who have already played in two of the toughest venues in all of college soccer - North Carolina's Fetzer Field and Portland's Merlo Field.
Yale (7-5, 2-1 Ivy) rebounded from a 1-0 loss to Dartmouth by cruising to a 5-0 victory over Cornell last Saturday. The Bulldogs have won six of their last seven games, outscoring their opponents 14-3 during the stretch.
Nine different players have scored at least one goal for Yale, led by Maggie Westfal, who is tied for second in the Ivy League with six goals. She also is third with 15 points and shares the league lead with three game-winning goals.
Defensively, the Bulldogs have allowed only 12 goals in their 12 games. Goalkeeper Susan Starr leads the nation with a .938 save percentage and is second with a 0.32 goals against average.
The Quakers are 3-0 in league play for only the second time in program history and have wins over Cornell, Columbia and Dartmouth. Penn features the top two scorers in the league in Jessica Fuccello, who has 18 points (8 goals, 2 assists) and Jess Rothenheber with 17 points (5 goals, 7 assists). Sara Rose (0.90 goals against average) and Cailly Carroll (0.96) share the goalkeeping duties.
Yale and Penn played a scoreless tie in New Haven last year. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 12-3-3.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity