Sept. 25, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's soccer team will begin the 2008 Ivy League season the way 2007 ended - with a game against Princeton. The Bulldogs beat the Tigers 3-1 last November and will be looking for their fourth straight win in the series when Princeton visits Reese Stadium on Saturday for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Fans can follow live stats of the game on GameTracker.
Yale (4-3-1) is coming off a successful trip to California at the Santa Clara Adidas Classic. The Bulldogs earned a scoreless tie with then 24th-ranked Santa Clara on Sunday, their fourth shutout of the season, after falling to sixth-ranked Stanford on the first day. Freshman Miyuki Hino was named Yale's Offensive Most Valuable Player at the tournament, while Sophia Merrifield earned Defensive MVP honors.
Yale, which received a vote in this week's NSCAA national poll, also has the reining Ivy League Player of the Week in Maggie Westfal. Westfal has scored five goals in her last four games, including notching her first career hat trick in a win over Sacred Heart.
Princeton (3-1-1) is on a three-game unbeaten streak. Senior Sarah Peteraf and freshman Kalie Bartholomew scored the team's four goals during the stretch. Goalkeeper Alyssa Pont, in her first year as Princeton's starter, picked up her second shutout of the season last Friday in a 1-0 win over Towson.
The Tigers were scheduled to take a trip to Texas earlier this month, but Hurricane Ike forced their games at Texas A&M and Rice to be cancelled.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity