W. SOCCER | Two last chances before Ivy opener

The women’s soccer team will face off against Vermont and Boston University this weekend. The two games will be the Bulldogs’ last before their league opener against Princeton next Saturday.
The women’s soccer team will face off against Vermont and Boston University this weekend. The two games will be the Bulldogs’ last before their league opener against Princeton next Saturday. Photo by Joy Shan.

The women’s soccer team continues non-conference play this weekend with a pair of games against America East opponents. The Bulldogs (2–2–2) will host Vermont (2–3–2) on Friday night before traveling to Massachusetts to face Boston University (6–2–1) on Sunday.

The two matchups will be the Bulldogs’ last chances to prepare for their Ivy League opener at Princeton on Sept. 24.

“I think we just want to finalize what formation we play best at,” head coach Rudy Meredith said. “We’re getting close to that decision, but I think we will finalize that after this weekend.”

Yale has some momentum going into Friday night’s matchup after defeating cross-town rival Quinnipiac 2–0 on Tuesday night. Freshmen forwards Melissa Gavin ’15 and Frannie Coxe ’15 both found the back of the net to lift the Bulldogs past the Bobcats.

So far Gavin and Meredith Speck ’15 are leading the team with five and four points, respectively. Goalkeeper Adele Jackson-Gibson ’13 has started all six games in front of the net for the Elis and currently sports a 0.67 goals against average.

Vermont enters the weekend coming off a 1–1 deadlock with Brown on Saturday. Haley Marks and Alexandra Dezenzo share the team lead in points with three points each. Though the Catamounts have posted a 2–0–1 record at home, they have not been as successful on the road, where they are 0–3–1. Vermont has a 9–5 edge in the all-time series against Yale, though the two teams have not faced each other since 1995.

Boston University last played on Wednesday when it cruised to a 3–0 victory over archrival Harvard. The Terriers are led offensively by Kylie Strom and Jessica Luscinski, who have each tallied a team-high eight points. Goalkeepers Alice Binns and Kelly King have split the duties in front of the net and have combined to post five shutouts.

Kickoff against Vermont is slated for 7 p.m. on Friday night at Reese Stadium. The Elis then travel to face Boston University on Sunday at 2 p.m.

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