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Bulldogs Knock Off Princeton 2-0 In Ivy Opener

Miyuki Hino. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Miyuki Hino. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Kubiuk, Hino Score As Yale Blanks Defending Ivy Champions

PRINCETON, N.J.  - 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.

"Our forwards worked hard and were able to put some pressure on them," Meredith said, "and defensively this was probably one of our best performances in quite a while."

Kubiuk, a freshman who scored the game-winning goal in Tuesday's win over Quinnipiac, got Yale (5-3, 1-0 Ivy) on the board late in the first half when she got behind the defense and knocked in the rebound of a Becky Brown shot. Brown also set up Yale's second goal early in the second half. She sent a ball through to Hino, who broke in alone and beat Princeton goalkeeper Alyssa Pont at 55:43.

The Tigers (2-5-1, 0-1 Ivy) nearly got right back in the game less than a minute after Hino's goal, but Ayana Sumiyasu made an outstanding save to rob Jen Hoy.

"That save really turned the momentum," Meredith said. "If they score, it could have changed the game. I think it helped settle us down and maybe took a little wind out of their sail."

Sumiyasu finished with three saves to post her third shutout of the season. She had plenty of help from defenders Sophia Merrifield, Caitlin Collins, Hannah Smith, Megan Ashforth and Lauren Mathy. All five of Yale's wins this season have come by shutout.

Princeton outshot the Bulldogs 9-6, including 5-2 in the second half, and had a 10-3 edge in corner kicks.

The Tigers shared last year's Ivy League title with Harvard.

The Bulldogs play the Crimson in their next game on Oct. 3. Kickoff is slated for 4:30 p.m. at Reese Stadium.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity