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Bulldogs Host Holy Cross In Final Non-League Game

Enma Mullo. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Enma Mullo. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Back At Home For First Time In Three Weeks

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's soccer team takes its final break from Ivy League play when Holy Cross visits Reese Stadium on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. After playing four straight road games, the Bulldogs are back at home for the first time in nearly three weeks.

Yale (5-7-1) is coming off a costly 1-0 loss at Cornell on Saturday. The Big Red scored the only goal of the game at 14:24. The Bulldogs had a significant edge in the play for the rest of the game but couldn't get the equalizer. Yale outshot Cornell 15-5 in the game, including 11-2 in the second half. Scoring the first goal against Holy Cross will be a point of emphasis for the Bulldogs, who have allowed the opening goal in each of their four Ivy games.

Scoring at all has been an issue for Holy Cross (3-8-2). The Crusaders have been shutout in each of their last five games. Shelby Stand leads the team in goals (6), assists (4) and points (16). Goalkeeper Mary Ferketic has started eight games and has a 1.76 goals against average.

Last year in Worcester, Holy Cross erupted for four goals en route to a 4-1 victory. Chelsie Pugliese and Maura Fox scored 35 seconds apart early in the first half to give the Crusaders control. Trish Berkanish had the Yale goal. The Bulldogs have split four meetings with Holy Cross all-time.

Tuesday is the first of three straight home games for Yale, who hosts Penn on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Pay-per-view video of the Yale-Penn game will be available on Yale All-Access.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity