Cape Cod is known for its beaches and summer vacation spots, but the women’s soccer team heads there this weekend for business, not pleasure.
The Bulldogs (1-1-0) face Georgetown (0-4-0) this afternoon and Loyola of Chicago (3-1-0) on Sunday as part of the ECAC Classic in Harwich, Mass. The Elis are coming off of a 2-0 loss to No. 8 Connecticut (2-0-1) on September 7, their first loss of the season after a 2-0 win against the University of Hartford (1-3-0) Sept. 5.
Goalkeeper Sarah Walker ’05 took center stage last weekend, shutting out the Hawks on Friday, and keeping the Elis close against a tough Connecticut team.
“I’m really looking forward to having her in goal the rest of the season,” team captain Lee Ann Jasper ’04 said.
After four days of rest, the Bulldogs should be ready for the Hoyas, who will play on only two day’s rest after a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in overtime to George Mason University (4-0-1).
Georgetown, despite being winless so far this season, has lost all of its games by one goal.
Yale’s defense will try to stifle the Hoya offense, which has scored only three goals in its four games.
Led on offense by midfielder Laurel Karnes ’06 and forwards Jamie Ortega ’06 and Vanessa Resnick ’05, the Bulldogs could do some damage against a Hoya defense that has given up eight goals in four games. Karnes and Resnick combined for two goals and two assists Sept. 5 against the Hawks.
Like Yale, Loyola is coming off of its first loss of the season. After opening the season 3-0 for the first time in the 12-year history of the program, the Ramblers lost to Eastern Illinois (3-1-1) 3-2 Sept. 7.
The Elis will have to contend with Loyola freshman phenom Mary Dale, who was named the Horizon League Player of the Week after scoring three goals and adding one assist in the Ramblers first three games.
The Elis’ own freshmen have contributed much to the Bulldogs’ efforts so far this season.
Defender Trista Choski ’07, forward Mimi Macauley ’07, forward Michelle Gosselin ’07 and defender Michelle Huang ’07 have all seen significant playing time.
“The [freshmen] that are starting and the [freshmen] that have come off the bench have really stepped up,” Jasper said.
With the Bulldogs losing six of last year’s starters in the field to graduation, the freshmen have been thrown right into the fire.
After this weekend, the Elis will only have two more tune-ups before they open their Ivy League season Sept. 27 at Princeton.
They will need to be ready, because the Tigers are one of the teams to beat in the Ivy League this year, head coach Rudy Meredith said.