2009-10 Yale Women's Soccer News

June 30, 2010
Yale Announces 2010 Women’s Soccer Schedule
Yale women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith has never been shy about scheduling difficult opponents, and 2010 certainly won’t be an exception. The Bulldogs will play four of their first five games against teams that reached the NCAA College Cup last year, and the one exception was ranked as high as 11th in the nation at one point in the season. Yale’s 17-game schedule includes nine contests in newly renovated Reese Stadium.

June 4, 2010
Meredith Announces Class of 2014
Yale women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith will welcome five freshmen to campus this fall.

December 14, 2009
Becky Brown Elected 2010 Yale Captain
Becky Brown, the Ivy League Player of the Year this fall, has been elected captain of the 2010 Yale women’s soccer team. The announcement was made at last Tuesday’s banquet following a team vote. In addition, Brown also was the recipient of the team’s most valuable player award.

December 7, 2009
Brown, Merrifield Earn NSCAA All-Region Honors
Two Yale women’s soccer players have earned 2009 NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors. Becky Brown, who led the Bulldogs in scoring, was named to the second team, while Sophia Merrifield, who anchored the defense, was a third team selection.

December 1, 2009
Ten Bulldogs Earn Fall Academic All-Ivy Honors
Ten Yale student-athletes were honored today, as the Ivy League released its list of those selected for Academic All-Ivy recognition in fall sports. Eligible student-athletes include all starters or key reserves on officially recognized varsity teams that have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

November 12, 2009
Brown Named Ivy League Player Of Year; Forster Shares Rookie Honors
It was a big day for the Yale women’s soccer program. Becky Brown, who led the Bulldogs in goals (13) and points (30), was named the Ivy League Player of the Year, while Kristen Forster, who tied the school record for assists by a freshman, shared the league’s Rookie of the Year Award with Princeton’s Alison Nabatoff. In addition, Brown and Sophia Merrifield were first team All-Ivy selections, Forster earned a spot on the second team and Caitlin Collins and Miyuki Hino were honorable mention picks.

November 7, 2009
Ivy League Title Still In Play As Bulldogs Host Brown In Season Finale
Saturday’s game with Brown will be special for the four seniors on the Yale women’s soccer team regardless of the outcome. The four, who will be playing their final home game, will be honored prior to kickoff. There is a chance, however, that it could be an even more memorable night. If the Bulldogs beat Brown and Columbia knocks off Harvard, Caitlin Collins, Sophia Merrifield, Leslie Perez and Hannah Smith will walk off the Reese Stadium field for the final time as Ivy League champions. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. and free audio is available from wybc.com.

November 7, 2009
Bulldogs End Season With 1-0 Win Over Brown
The Yale women’s soccer team did its part, edging Brown 1-0 on a cold night at Reese Stadium. Unfortunately the Bulldogs didn’t get the help they needed to earn a share of the Ivy League title. Harvard’s Melanie Baskind scored 5 minutes, 8 seconds into overtime to lift the Crimson to a 2-1 victory over Columbia and the outright Ivy title.

November 2, 2009
Construction on Reese Stadium to Begin Nov. 9
Yale University has announced that construction of Phase II of the Reese Stadium Project will commence on Nov. 9. Phase II, which is projected to be completed in 10 months, will consist of a new stadium structure which will include four team rooms, expanded bleachers, a press box, VIP seating areas and an entryway plaza. It will also feature the names of all former soccer and lacrosse players on the archways leading into the stadium.

November 2, 2009
Four Bulldogs Earn Academic All-District Honors
The Yale women’s soccer team is enjoying another winning season on the field. The Bulldogs also have been successful in the classroom. Four players earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I recognition. Goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu and forward Becky Brown were first team selections, defender Caitlin Collins was named to the second team and Sophia Merrifield was chosen to the third team.

October 30, 2009
Bulldogs Drop 1-0 Heartbreaker At Columbia
The Yale women’s soccer team’s quest for an Ivy League title took a hit Friday night at Columbia. How big a hit will be determined in the next eight days. Reining Ivy League Player of the Year Sophie Reiser scored the only goal of the game at 36:01 as the Lions upset the Bulldogs on a nice night at the Columbia Soccer Stadium.

October 29, 2009
Final Road Game Takes Yale To Columbia
When the 2009 Yale women’s soccer schedule was released in July, there was one thing that stood out. Only two of Yale’s 10 non-conference games would be played away from Reese Stadium. That meant that the Bulldogs’ three Ivy League road games would be somewhat unfamiliar experiences. Apparently it hasn’t been a problem. Yale won at both Princeton and Penn and will look to complete a perfect Ivy road season when it plays at Columbia on Friday. Kickoff at Columbia Soccer Stadium is slated for 7 p.m.

October 24, 2009
Bulldogs Edge Penn 2-1; Back In Tie For Ivy League Lead
It was a good day all-around for the Yale women’s soccer team. Becky Brown and Kristen Forster scored, and Adele Jackson-Gibson made five saves in goal in her first career start as Yale edged Penn 2-1 on a rainy afternoon at Rhodes Field. Meanwhile, in Cambridge, Mass., Princeton got a goal late in the second half to edge Harvard 1-0. As a result, the Bulldogs and Crimson are back in a first-place tie in the Ivy League.

October 23, 2009
Saturday’s Yale-Penn Women’s Soccer Game Moved To Noon
The forecast of heavy rain in Philadelphia has changed the start time for Saturday’s women’s soccer game between Yale and Penn. Kickoff is now scheduled for noon at Rhodes Field. The game was originally scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

October 22, 2009
Bulldogs Back In Action At Penn
Yale and Penn have played scoreless ties in two of the last three years. That doesn’t figure to happen again when the teams meet on Saturday at Rhodes Field. The Quakers and Bulldogs are the top two scoring offenses in the Ivy League. Penn has a league best 32 goals, including 10 in its last three games, while Yale has scored 26 times. Kickoff at Rhodes Field is slated for 5 p.m.

October 20, 2009
Battle For First Place Goes To Harvard 3-2
Tuesday’s women’s soccer game between Yale and Harvard had everything you would expect from two teams battling for first place in the Ivy League. In the end, the Crimson made the key plays when it mattered most and escaped with a 3-2 victory on a gorgeous afternoon at Reese Stadium.

October 19, 2009
Bulldogs Complete First-Ever “Team Up to Fight Cancer” Initiative
The first-ever “Team Up to Fight Cancer” initiative, a cooperative effort of the Yale field hockey, women’s soccer and volleyball teams, has raised over $2,400 in donations in the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The three Bulldogs squads collected donations and sold special “Team Up to Fight Cancer” t-shirts at various Yale athletics contests over the weekend of Oct. 2, with the net proceeds being donated to the Yale Cancer Center.

October 19, 2009
Forster Named Ivy League Rookie Of the Week
Freshman Kristen Forster made her first career goal an important one. It came 2 minutes, 7 seconds into overtime and lifted the Yale women’s soccer team to a thrilling 2-1 victory over Cornell on Saturday. Forster was rewarded for her play by being named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week today.

October 19, 2009
First-Place At Stake When Yale Meets Harvard On Tuesday
Yale and Harvard looked pretty evenly matched when they played 45 scoreless minutes on Oct. 3 before persistent lightning forced the game to be postponed. Not much has changed since then. Both teams have won two straight Ivy games and both are 3-0 in Ivy play. The make-up game is Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Reese Stadium and the winner will have sole possession of first place.

October 17, 2009
Bulldogs Return Home To Host Cornell
Yale and Cornell each has played overtime in their first two Ivy League games. The difference is the Big Red escaped with ties in both games, while the Bulldogs were on the wrong end of heartbreaking defeats. As a result, fans could be in for a little bonus soccer when the two teams meet on Saturday. Kickoff at Reese Stadium is slated for 7 p.m.

October 17, 2009
First-Place Yale Hosts Cornell Saturday
The Yale women’s soccer team will look to rebound from Wednesday’s disappointing 4-1 loss to Holy Cross when Cornell visits on Saturday. Kickoff at Reese Stadium is slated for 4:30 p.m.

October 17, 2009
Forster’s First Career Goal Keeps Yale Perfect In Ivy Play
It may have taken a little longer than Yale would have liked, but Tuesday’s showdown with Harvard is set. Kristen Forster scored just 2 minutes, 7 seconds into overtime to lift the Bulldogs to a thrilling 2-1 victory over Cornell on a chilly afternoon at Reese Stadium.

October 14, 2009
Bulldogs Fall To Holy Cross In Final Non-League Game
Freshman Trish Berkanish scored her first career goal but it wasn’t enough as the Yale women’s soccer team fell 4-1 to Holy Cross on a cold night at Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. Chelsie Pugliese and Maura Fox scored 35 seconds apart early in the first half to give the Crusaders control.

October 13, 2009
Bulldogs Receive Votes In National Poll; Play At Holy Cross Wednesday
Yale’s four-game winning streak has gotten the attention of the national pundits. The Bulldogs are among the teams receiving votes in this week’s NSCAA poll and are the only Ivy League school in the rankings. The streak will be on the line on Wednesday when Yale plays at Holy Cross. Kickoff at Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium is slated for 7 p.m., and pay-per-view video is available from goholycross.com.

October 9, 2009
Yale Blanks Dartmouth 2-0
Yale had a clear edge in play for maybe 15 minutes in Friday night’s women’s soccer game with Dartmouth. That turned out to be more than enough. Becky Brown and Miyuki Hino scored 1:10 apart midway through the first half as the Bulldogs earned an important 2-0 Ivy League win on a mild night at Reese Stadium.

October 7, 2009
First-Place Dartmouth Visits Reese Stadium Friday
The Yale women’s soccer team seeks its fourth straight win when Dartmouth visits Reese Stadium on Friday night. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. Both the Bulldogs (1-0) and Big Green (2-0) are undefeated in Ivy League play.

October 5, 2009
Monday Night Soccer; Bulldogs Host Central Connecticut
Are you ready for some soccer? It isn’t often that the Yale women’s soccer team plays on a Monday, but tonight is the exception. The Bulldogs host Central Connecticut at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium, and it looks like the weather will cooperate.

October 5, 2009
Ashforth’s First Career Goal Beats Central Connecticut
It was a night of firsts for the Yale women’s soccer team. Megan Ashforth scored her first goal at Yale, and goalkeeper Adele Jackson-Gibson earned her first career victory as the Bulldogs topped Central Connecticut 3-2 on a chilly night at Reese Stadium. Old reliable Becky Brown also had a role. She scored Yale’s first two goals and now leads the team with nine.

October 3, 2009
Yale-Harvard Women’s Soccer Game Postponed Due To Thunderstorms
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale and Harvard played 45 minutes of intense, scoreless soccer on Saturday at Reese Stadium, but Mother Nature wouldn’t allow for any more. Heavy thunderstorms in the New Haven area forced the game to be postponed. After a 90-minute wait, the storms persisted so the game was called. The two teams will start over on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. at Reese Stadium.

October 2, 2009
Early Ivy League Lead On Line Saturday
The early lead in the race for the Ivy League title will be at stake when Yale and Harvard face off on Saturday. Both the Bulldogs and Crimson posted wins in their Ivy openers last weekend. Dartmouth and Columbia are each 1-0 as well. Kickoff on Alumni Day at Reese Stadium is slated for 4:30 p.m. In addition, the game is part of Yale Athletics' "Team Up to Fight Cancer" Weekend.

September 28, 2009
Bulldogs Sweep Weekly Ivy League Awards
After a pair of victories last week, the Yale women’s soccer team swept the Ivy League awards on Monday. Goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu, who posted a pair of shutouts, was named the Player of the Week, while forward Mary Kubiuk, who had the game-winning goal in each game, earned Rookie of the Week honors.

September 26, 2009
Bulldogs Knock Off Princeton 2-0 In Ivy Opener
Yale women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith knew it would take a complete performance to knock off Princeton in Saturday’s Ivy League opener. His team delivered. Mary Kubiuk and Miyuko Hino both scored, and the Bulldogs’ defense held the Tigers in check en route to a 2-0 victory at Roberts Stadium.

September 24, 2009
Ivy League Play Opens At Princeton Saturday
The 2009 Ivy League season kicks off for the Yale women’s soccer team on Saturday. The Bulldogs make their first trip to Roberts Stadium to take on Princeton at 5 p.m. Live stats and pay-per-view video of the game will both be available from goprincetontigers.com.

September 23, 2009
Bulldogs Team Up to Fight Cancer
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Yale field hockey, volleyball and women’s soccer teams will combine efforts this October for the first-ever “Team Up to Fight Cancer” initiative. The teams will be selling t-shirts for $10 and collecting donations at home athletic events throughout the weekend of Oct. 2 to benefit the Yale Cancer Center, with the proceeds being designated for breast cancer research.

September 22, 2009
Kubiuk’s First Career Goal Sinks Quinnipiac
Freshman Mary Kubiuk made her first career goal an important one. She scored the only goal of the game with 20 seconds left in the first half as Yale held off Quinnipiac 1-0 on Tuesday at Reese Stadium.

September 21, 2009
Quinnipiac Provides Final Test Before Start Of Ivy League Play
The Yale women’s soccer team has one last chance to work out the kinks before Saturday’s Ivy League opener at Princeton. The Bulldogs host local rival Quinnipiac on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Reese Stadium. The game is the first of a doubleheader with the Yale men, who play Rhode Island at 7:30 p.m. Live stats of the game will be available at yalebulldogs.com.

September 20, 2009
Sumiyasu Shines But Bulldogs Fall 1-0 To UConn
Goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu did everything she could to give the Yale women’s soccer team a chance to upset UConn on Sunday at Morrone Stadium. She finished with a career-high 15 saves, but the one shot the Huskies got past her proved to be the difference. Melissa Busque’s goal in the 67th minute lifted UConn to a 1-0 victory over the Bulldogs before a crowd of 880 on a sun-drenched afternoon.

September 18, 2009
First Road Game A Big Challenge
Yale’s last trip to UConn ended in heartbreaking fashion. In last year’s season opener, the Huskies scored in the final seconds to tie the game and then won it in overtime. The Bulldogs will hope for a better fate when they return to Storrs on Sunday for a 2 p.m. kickoff. Audio of the game is available at whus.org and live stats from uconnhuskies.com.

September 16, 2009
Bulldogs Drop Heartbreaker To Stony Brook 2-1
Three of Stony Brook’s first six games had gone to overtime, so when Wednesday’s contest with Yale was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, it figured the Seawolves might have the advantage. That turned out to be the case. Debbie Aller scored with just 32 seconds left in the second extra session to lift Stony Brook to a 2-1 victory on a chilly and damp night at Reese Stadium.

September 15, 2009
Homestand Ends With Visit From Stony Brook
The Yale women’s soccer team concludes its season-opening five-game homestand when Stony Brook visits Reese Stadium on Wednesday night. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. and live stats will be available from yalebulldogs.com. The Bulldogs (3-1) will be looking to rebound from their first loss of the season, 1-0 to Northwestern on Sunday.

September 14, 2009
Becky Brown Named Ivy League Player of the Week
The season is only four games old, but Yale junior forward Becky Brown is already having a career year. On Monday, Brown’s efforts were rewarded as she was named the Ivy League Player of the Week, sharing the honor with Columbia’s Sophie Reiser. In the Bulldogs’ 7-0 victory over Sacred Heart last Thursday, Brown scored three goals, all in the first half.

September 13, 2009
Northwestern Edges Yale 1-0
Kendall Thoreson scored the only goal of the game at 70:06 to lead Northwestern to a 1-0 victory over Yale on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon at Reese Stadium. Thoreson took a pass from Nicole Duller, dribbled down the left side and blasted a shot into the top right corner from 25 yards out.

September 11, 2009
Big Ten’s Northwestern Visits Reese Stadium Sunday
Over the years, the Yale women’s soccer team has tested itself against schools in many of the top conferences in the nation, but never the Big Ten. That will change on Sunday when Northwestern visits Reese Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m., and live stats for the game will be available at yalebulldogs.com.

September 10, 2009
Efficient Bulldogs Rout Sacred Heart 7-0
It was an efficient night for the Yale women’s soccer team Thursday against Sacred Heart. The Bulldogs had a season-low 14 shots, but they certainly made the most of them. Yale scored seven times and cruised to an easy 7-0 victory over the Pioneers on a cool late summer night at Reese Stadium. Becky Brown led the onslaught with three goals, while Leslie Perez, Lauren Mathy, Anne Song and Natalie Romine each added one.

September 9, 2009
Bulldogs Seek Best Start Since 2004; Host Sacred Heart Thursday
So far in 2009, things have gone pretty well for the Yale women’s soccer team. The Bulldogs opened the season with back-to-back shutouts for the first time in school history, have outscored their opponents 5-0 and outshot them 44-18. Yale hopes to keep it rolling when Sacred Heart visits Reese Stadium on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Live stats will be available from yalebulldogs.com.

September 6, 2009
Bulldogs Pass Early-Season Test; Blank Hofstra 3-0
The members of the Yale women’s soccer team probably didn’t know a whole lot about Hofstra prior to Sunday’s game at Reese Stadium. After all, the teams were playing for the first time. There was, however, one key piece of information that caught their attention – the result of the Pride’s game Friday night, a 2-1 win over Princeton, which shared last year’s Ivy League title with Harvard.

September 4, 2009
For Openers It’s a Breeze; Bulldogs Blank Wagner 2-0
The schedule said it was the season opener, but the Yale women’s soccer team looked in mid-season form on Friday against Wagner. The Bulldogs outshot the Seahawks 27-1 and cruised to a 2-0 victory at Reese Stadium. Becky Brown scored both goals, and sophomore goalkeeper Adelaide Gay posted her first career shutout.

September 3, 2009
2009 Season Kicks Off With Visits From Wagner & Hofstra
The Yale women’s soccer team kicks off the 2009 season this week with a pair of home games. The Bulldogs host Wagner on Friday at 7 p.m. and then have a matinee on Sunday against Hofstra beginning at 3 p.m. Live stats for both games will be available from yalebulldogs.com.

August 27, 2009
Bulldogs Cruise To 4-0 Exhibition Win Over McGill
After nearly a week of intense practices, the Yale women’s soccer team finally got the opportunity to test itself against an opponent on Wednesday afternoon. Jenny Butwin scored twice and Mary Kubiuk and Becky Brown added one goal each as the Bulldogs cruised to a 4-0 victory over McGill in an exhibition game at Reese Stadium.

July 31, 2009
No Place Like Home; 2009 Yale Women’s Soccer Schedule Features 12 Games At Reese Stadium
New Haven area fans will have plenty of opportunities to watch the Yale women’s soccer team this fall. Twelve of the 17 games on the 2009 schedule will be played in the friendly confines of Reese Stadium.

July 8, 2009
Meredith Announces Class of 2013
Yale’s Class of 2009 made quite an impact on the Yale women’s soccer program, helping the Bulldogs to 42 wins, an Ivy League title and a berth in the quarterfinals of the NCAA College Cup. Head Coach Rudy Meredith hopes the eight players joining the team this fall have similar success.

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