October 7, 2009

First-Place Dartmouth Visits Reese Stadium Friday

Bulldogs Seek Fourth Straight Win

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - 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.

Yale (6-3) is well represented in this week's NCAA statistical rankings. The Bulldogs are in the top 50 in goals against average (10th, 0.487), shutout percentage (16th, 0.625), save percentage (7th, .905) and scoring offense (50th, 2.0 goals per game). Individually, goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu is ninth in save percentage (.897) and 23rd in goals against average (0.596). Becky Brown is 12th in points per game (2.25) and 15th in goals per game (0.875), while Kristen Forster is 11th in assists per game (0.63).

Dartmouth (5-4) opened Ivy play with victories over Brown and Princeton. The Big Green also has an impressive 1-0 victory over then 12th-ranked West Virginia on its resume. Aurelia Solomon was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday, while Ali Hubbard was named to the honor roll after scoring the winning goal in overtime against Princeton. Aly O'Dea leads Dartmouth with five goals.

Home field hasn't meant much in the last two Yale-Dartmouth meetings. In 2007, the Big Green won 1-0 at Reese Stadium, while the Bulldogs returned the favor last year, topping Dartmouth 2-0 in Hanover. Overall, the Big Green leads the series 17-15-2.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity