Yale Coming Off Impressive Opening Weekend
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's soccer team proved it could compete with the nation's top programs in the friendly confines of Reese Stadium last weekend. Now the Bulldogs will try to show they can do it away from home as well. Yale plays three straight very difficult road games over the next eight days, starting Thursday at UConn. Kickoff at Morrone Stadium is slated for 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs (1-1) opened the season with a victory over 16th-ranked Penn State last Friday and then dropped a hard-fought 1-0 decision to Illinois on Sunday. Those performances earned Yale the No. 5 spot in the NSCAA Mid Atlantic Regional Rankings, released Tuesday. The Bulldogs were unranked the previous week.
The strong start also brought two Yale players some individual recognition. Becky Brown was named the Ivy League Player of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal against Penn State, while freshman Shannon McSweeney was selected as a CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performer. She was a key part of a defense that allowed only one goal in the two games.
UConn (2-2-1) is surprisingly unranked despite overtime victories over both Penn State and Illinois last weekend. The Huskies have already played four overtime games. Jessica Shufelt, who scored the game-winning goal in both wins over the weekend, was chosen the Big East and CollegeSoccer360.com Player of the Week. On the season, she has scored five of UConn's seven goals. The Huskies have participated in 27 of the 28 NCAA Tournaments. The only year they didn't make the field was 2008.
Following the game with UConn, Yale plays at No. 15 Duke on Sunday and at fourth-ranked Boston College next Wednesday.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity