Showdown At Harvard Saturday

Christina Bradley (Photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity Office)
Christina Bradley (Photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity Office)

Bulldogs Seek First Ivy League Victory

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's soccer team certainly doesn't need much extra motivation for a game against Harvard. But the way the last three games with the Crimson have gone certainly doesn't sit well with the Bulldogs. Each was a one-goal loss, including last year when Harvard scored the game winning goal on a penalty kick after a controversial hand ball in the box.

As a result, Yale might have a little extra pep in its step when it travels to Cambridge to meet the Crimson on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.

Both the Bulldogs and Harvard will be in search of their first Ivy League victory. Yale dropped its Ivy opener to Princeton last Saturday in heartbreaking fashion when a defender inadvertently deflected a long throw-in into her own goal early in overtime. The loss snapped Yale's three-game winning streak.

Muriel Battaglia scored her third goal of the season for the Bulldogs against Princeton. She is one of 10 different players that have scored on the season. Kristen Forster leads the team and is tied for second in the league with five goals.

The Crimson, who dropped its Ivy opener 1-0 at Penn last weekend, also has a balanced attack. Nine players have combined to score Harvard's 12 goals, led by Taryn Kurcz, who has three. Bethany Kanten has seen a majority of the action in goal and has a .755 save percentage.

Peyton Johnson scored the winner on the penalty kick in last year's win over Yale. Meredith Speck had the Bulldogs' goal.

Saturday is the start of three straight Ivy road games for Yale, who is at Dartmouth on Oct. 6 and at Cornell on Oct. 13.

Yale at Harvard – Saturday, 4 p.m.

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Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity