Ivy League Play Begins Saturday With Princeton

Jenny Butwin. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jenny Butwin. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith put together a very challenging early season schedule to prepare his team for Ivy League play. The Bulldogs came through it in good shape, knocking off Penn State and losing one-goal decisions to No. 14 Duke and Illinois, currently ranked 20th, along the way. On Saturday they hope to reap the rewards from the challenge when they open Ivy play against Princeton. Kickoff at Reese Stadium is slated for 4 p.m.

Yale (2-4-1) hasn't played since last Sunday's hard-fought 1-1 tie with Syracuse. Enma Mullo scored for the Bulldogs on a penalty kick. For her efforts, Mullo was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday.

One of the concerns for Meredith at the start of the season was a defense that had been hit hard by graduation. So far in 2010, Yale has been quite stingy, allowing more than two goals only once in seven games, despite the difficult opposition. Goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu has played a key role. She shares the Ivy League lead with 34 saves.

That defense will face a stiff test against a Princeton (3-3) team that features two of the leading offensive players in the league. Jen Hoy has an Ivy best four goals, while Caitlin Blosser shares the league lead with five assists. The duo has accounted for 19 of the Tigers' 28 points this season. Kristin Watson has seen a majority of the action in goal and has a 1.06 goals against average.

Yale has won four of the last five meetings with Princeton, including a 2-0 decision last year, but the Tigers still hold a 19-13-4 edge in the all-time series.

There may be other multimedia ways to follow Saturday's game in addition to live stats. Check back with yalebulldogs.com on Saturday.

During Saturday's game, members of the Yale field hockey team will be selling t-shirts and collecting donations as part of the Team Up To Fight Cancer initiative. The Yale women's soccer, field hockey and volleyball teams joined forces to raise money for the cause throughout the weekend in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity