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Mary Kuder Elected 2007 Captain

Mary Kuder Elected 2007 Captain

Dec. 14, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Mary Kuder, one of only three players to start all 17 games this fall, has been elected captain of the 2007 Yale women's soccer team. The announcement was made on Wednesday at the post season banquet following a team vote.

"As I look at the two captains [Eleni Benson and Christina Huang] I have played under at Yale, I hope I can live up to their performances," Kuder said. "I realize there are a number of different ways to lead a team and still be successful. My style is to lead by example. Whether it is by taking the initiative to raise my level of play and work ethic, or by demonstrating a positive attitude, I hope to inspire the team through my own actions."

Kuder transferred to Yale from the University of Portland following her freshman season. In two seasons, she has helped anchor the Bulldogs' defense. This fall, she scored her only goal in the season finale at Brown. It came with seven seconds left in the first half and started a Yale comeback. The Bulldogs rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Bears 4-2.

Kuder had an impressive first season in 2005. She started 19 games and scored the game-winning goal in Yale's 3-0 victory over Central Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA College Cup. She also scored in a victory over Sacred Heart.

"Having only played here for two years, I am grateful to the team and my coaches for immediately welcoming me into the program and allowing me this opportunity to be captain," Kuder said. "In the next year, I hope I can give back to them as much as they have given me."

Three awards were presented at the banquet. Sophomore Emma Whitfield, who led the team in scoring with 15 points and was a first team All-Ivy selection, was named the most valuable player. Sophomore Terri Williamson, who appeared in 13 games after playing in four as a freshman, was selected as the most improved player. The Captain's Cup as the team's top freshman was presented to Hannah Smith, who appeared in all 17 games on defense.

The Bulldogs finished with an 8-7-2 overall record, their sixth straight winning season.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity