Yale Plays At Pacific On Friday, Stanford On Sunday
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The undefeated Yale women's soccer team heads to Northern California for a pair of games this weekend. The Bulldogs face Pacific on Friday at 10 p.m. EDT and then are at No. 2 Stanford on Sunday at 4 p.m. EDT.
Here are notes on the trip to the West Coast.
* The Bulldogs have won five straight games to open a season for the first time since 2004. That team went on to win 13 games and earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Yale has never started a season with six consecutive wins.
* The Bulldogs received votes in this week's United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) top-25 poll. In addition, Yale is ranked No. 11 in the East Region.
* The Bulldogs are coming off a thrilling 3-2 overtime win at Hofstra on Monday. First year Lydia Shaw scored the game-winning goal with 3:12 left in the second extra period. Shaw became the seventh Yale player to score a goal so far this season.
* The Bulldogs are making their second trip to Pacific. Yale dropped a 1-0 decision to the Tigers in 1999 in Stockton, California.
* Stanford is a more familiar foe. The Bulldogs and Cardinal have played three times. The last meeting was a 4-1 Stanford win at the Santa Clara Adidas Classic in 2008.
The Tigers are 2-3-1 and coming off an impressive 3-1 win over Portland State on Sept. 3. Jessica Fogel leads Pacific with two goals. Kerri Scroope is in her second season as the head coach of the Tigers. She came from previous Yale 2017 opponent Delaware State where she spent three seasons at the helm of the Hornets, finishing as the most successful coach in the history of the program.
The Cardinal (4-1) host San Francisco on Friday. Stanford has won two straight games, outscoring its opponents 11-0. The only blemish on the Cardinal's record is a 3-2 loss at Florida on Aug. 25. Stanford has scored four or more goals in four out of five contests. At 4.40 goals per game, the Cardinal ranks second in the nation in scoring offense behind Ole Miss (5.50). Stanford ranks second in points per game (12.20) behind Ole Miss (15.00). Catarina Macario and Kyra Carusa rank fourth nationally with six goals apiece.
The Bulldogs return home to host Colorado College on Sept. 15. Kickoff at Reese Stadium is slated for 7 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity