October 19, 2010

Bulldogs Blank Holy Cross 3-0

Jeffrey Scores First Career Goal In Victory

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a long bus ride home from Cornell on Saturday, Yale head coach Rudy Meredith elected not to have his team practice on Sunday or Monday. Instead, he put them through a short session about 90 minutes prior to Tuesday night's game against Holy Cross. Apparently, that was more than enough preparation. The Bulldogs dominated the Crusaders and walked away with an impressive 3-0 victory on a chilly night at Reese Stadium.

"We played better after practicing for 10 minutes then we do when we practice for two hours," Meredith joked after the game.

Yale (6-7-1) outshot Holy Cross 16-2, including 11-0 in the second half. Mary Kubiuk, Enma Mullo and Juliann Jeffrey scored for the Bulldogs, who were playing at home for the first time in nearly three weeks.

Meredith has been stressing the importance of scoring first in games recently, and Kubiuk made sure it happened that way. Mullo sent a ball forward to Kubiuk, who broke in alone, made a move on the goalkeeper and deposited a shot into the empty net at 11:46.

The Bulldogs added a second goal less than three minutes later. Jessica Schloth was pulled down in the box, and Mullo scored on the ensuing penalty kick at 14:13.

Jeffrey added an insurance goal midway through the second half when she banged in the rebound of a Becky Brown shot. It was the first career goal for Jeffrey, a freshman.

"I was very happy to see Juliann get a goal," Meredith said. "Jessica [Schloth] also made a play to get taken down, so our freshmen are contributing."

Ayana Sumiyasu started in goal for Yale and made two saves. Adele Jackson-Gibson came on for the final 20 minutes and was not forced to make a stop.

Holy Cross's best scoring chance came midway through the first half. Maura Fox fired a hard shot from 20 yards out off a free kick, but Sumiyasu grabbed it. The Crusaders (3-9-2) have now been shutout in six straight games.

The victory avenged Yale's 4-1 loss to Holy Cross last year in Worcester.

"I think we had a bad taste in our mouth from last year," Meredith said. "They beat us pretty good. Our players remember that."

Tuesday's game saw the return of senior Megan Ashforth, who missed six games with an injury.

"It was nice for her," Meredith said. "It was a good game to use to get her legs under her. We were able to ease her back into it."

The Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday when they host Penn. Kickoff at Reese Stadium is slated for 4:30 p.m. Pay-per-view video of the game will be available on Yale All-Access.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity