September 30, 2010

Yale Travels To Harvard For Key Ivy League Contest

First Of Four Straight Road Games

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's soccer team won't play in the friendly confines of Reese Stadium again until Oct. 19. The Bulldogs will look to get their stretch of four straight road games off to a positive start when they play at Harvard on Saturday. Kickoff at Ohiri Field is slated for 11 a.m.

Yale (3-5-1, 0-1 Ivy) dropped its Ivy opener last Saturday to Princeton so a strong performance against the Crimson is important. The Bulldogs broke out of a mini scoring slump with three goals in Tuesday's victory over Marist. Becky Brown, who hadn't scored since the season opener against Penn State, had two of the goals, and Natalie Romine also scored.

Yale's defense will face a stiff test against the Crimson, who feature two of the top scorers in the league in Katherine Sheeleigh (4 goals, 4 assists) and Melanie Baskind (5 g, 1 a).

"They are very dangerous," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "If we lose track of them, we'll be in trouble."

Harvard (3-4-1, 0-1 Ivy) also dropped its Ivy opener, falling 4-3 at Penn. The Crimson, though, rebounded to defeat UMass 3-2 on Sunday. Harvard has scored eight goals in its last three games.

Last year in New Haven, Sheeleigh and Baskind combined on the winning goal midway through the second half to lift Harvard to a 3-2 victory. Brown and Miyuki Hino had the Yale goals. The Crimson leads the all-time series 27-8-1.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity