September 14, 2008

Bulldogs Capture Yale Classic; Blank Delaware 3-0

Sept. 14, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - With each passing game, it appears the Yale women's soccer team is closer to reaching its peak performance. On Sunday, the Bulldogs dominated Delaware, outshooting the Blue Hens 19-2, en route to a 3-0 victory to capture the Yale Classic at Reese Stadium.

"That was the best we've played all season," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "Any time you win a championship, that's a positive. We talked about it yesterday. We knew we had to win because if we tied, Delaware would win [the Classic] because of goal differential."

Maggie Westfal led the onslaught with a goal and two assists. Leslie Perez and Emma Whitfield also scored, while Becky Brown contributed two assists.

"All three of our up front players were involved in the scoring," Meredith said. "That's how I want it to be. That way our opponents can't mark just one player. We also were solid in the back."

Brown, who had a goal and an assist in Friday's victory over Western Carolina, was named Yale's Offensive Most Valuable Player. Megan Ashforth earned Defensive MVP recognition. Yale outscored its two opponents 6-1 in the Classic.

Perez's goal at 23:11 gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. Westfal sent a ball through the box to Brown, who back-kicked it over to Perez, and she banged it in from the left side.

Yale (3-2) had a number of opportunities to increase the lead before the intermission but couldn't capitalize.

The Bulldogs, though, put the game away by scoring twice in a 59-second stretch in the second half. Westfal one-timed a Brown cross past Delaware goalkeeper Annie Bevan at 61:17, and Whitfield tapped in a Westfal cross at 62:16.

Yale controlled play for most of the rest of the game.

"We didn't let them get back in the game," Meredith said. "We played well for the full 90 minutes."

Ayana Sumiyasu started in goal and was not forced to make a save in the first half. Adelaide Gay came on and made two saves over the final 45 minutes.

In the first game of the day, Western Carolina edged Sacred Heart 2-1.

Sacred Heart will come back to New Haven to play Yale on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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