The women’s soccer team will have to improve its one-on-one game and transitional play to take home a win in Saturday’s matchup against Dartmouth at Burnham Field.
Yale has defeated the Big Green the past four seasons and is looking to continue the streak this weekend in Hanover. But after being shut out by the Crimson last weekend and putting up just one goal against Princeton the week before, the Elis (5–5, 0–2 Ivy) have been fighting to get back into a scoring rhythm.
In recent matchups, the Bulldogs have struggled to create scoring opportunities against opponents more skilled in one-on-one play. According to Bulldog head coach Rudy Meredith, the Big Green (6–4, 1–1 Ivy) will pose its own challenges for the Yale squad.
“They are overall a tough, blue-collar, hard-working team,” Meredith said. “They can beat you physically, they can beat you dribbling and they can beat you one-on-one.”
Last weekend, the Bulldogs were unable to move the ball up field against Harvard without clearing it out-of-bounds, interrupting the flow of their transitions. Meredith said the team will focus on the details of gameplay during practice so that it can replicate last season’s 4-1 victory against Dartmouth.
“We’ve been working on our transition game from both offense to defense and defense to offense,” Meredith said.
The Big Green is home to the Ivy League’s second leading scorer, while the Bulldog’s Kristen Forster ’13 is tied with Dartmouth’s Emma Brush for the three spot. Over the course of the season, Dartmouth has scored 20 goals, twice as many as their opponents. The Elis are not far behind with 19 goals this year. Despite the Big Green’s physical style of play, the team has only been issued four yellow cards this season, just one more than the Bulldogs’ three.
Dartmouth has started its season strong with an early four-game winning streak, marking a significant turnaround from last year’s injury-afflicted season. Meredith said Big Green head coach Theresa Romagnolo, who is in her second year with the Big Green, has brought success with her.
“[She] is putting her stamp on the program now,” Meredith said.
The game will begin at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow.