Dec. 4, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Sophia Merrifield, a three-time All-Ivy selection, has been elected captain of the 2009 Yale women's soccer team. The announcement was made at the post season banquet on Wednesday night following a team vote. In addition, three team awards were presented. Sophomore Becky Brown was named most valuable player, freshman Adelaide Gay was the recipient of the Captain's Cup and freshman Alana Gebhart was selected as the most improved player.
"I am very honored to have been elected captain," Merrifield said. "I look forward to leading a team that is extraordinary both in talent and character. Armed with a skillful and dedicated coaching staff, I know that we have the ability to accomplish great things. As we strive for excellence as a program, I hope to bring passion for the game of soccer, an unrelenting work ethic and to set an example for my teammates both as a student-athlete and as a person."
Merrifield, a junior from Honolulu, Hawaii, has started every game (51) of her career at Yale. This fall, she earned second team All-Ivy honors after starting all 17 games and helping anchor a Yale defense that posted seven shutouts. As a sophomore, she was named first team All-Ivy and second team All-Northeast Region by SoccerBuzz.com, and as a freshman, she was a second team All-Ivy selection.
Merrifield will be one of eight seniors providing veteran leadership to next year's team, joining Megan Ashforth, Andrea Bouchard, Jacqueline Gantes, Ali Giusto, Leslie Perez, Hannah Smith and Eliza Walper.
Gay, a goalkeeper from Skillman, N.J., appeared in five games and posted a 0.82 goals against average. She earned her first career victory by playing the final 61:52 in the Bulldogs' 3-2 win over Central Connecticut.
Gebhart, a defender from San Juan Capistrano, Calif., appeared in 12 games off the bench. Her first career point was an assist in the win over Central Connecticut.
The Bulldogs finished the season with an 8-7-2 overall record, their seventh straight winning season.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity