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Bulldogs Cruise To 4-0 Victory Over Saint Peter’s

Published: October 24, 2011
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women’s soccer team didn’t see its scoring drought last very long. The Bulldogs, who were shutout Saturday at Penn, responded in a big way against Saint Peter’s. Yale outshot the Peahens 37-9, including 17-2 in the first half, and cruised to a 4-0 victory on a chilly night at Reese Stadium. “The focus today was on effort, and I was really pleased,” said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. Meredith thought that effort was personified by Mary Kubiuk, and she was rewarded with a pair of goals. “She was scrappy, was hustling around the net, and it led to both goals,” Meredith said. “That’s the type of effort we need.” Meredith Speck and Annie Song also scored for the Bulldogs, who improved to 6-1-2 at home this season. Melissa Gavin and Juliann Jeffrey each added a pair of assists. Despite the lopsided win, there is one area where Meredith knows there is still room for improvement. “We had a lot of chances off of crosses but didn’t score on one,” he said. “I’ve been joking with the team that we are more afraid of crosses than Dracula.” Kubiuk got the Bulldogs on the board at 12:17. Jeffrey’s initial shot was saved, but the rebound came to Kubiuk, who snuck it inside the far post. Nearly 15 minutes later, Kubiuk struck again. This time Melissa Gavin sent a ball forward. Saint Peter’s goalkeeper Caitlin Hoffer couldn’t corral it, and Kubiuk was able to bang it into the empty net. It took the Bulldogs a little while to get the clinching third goal, but it finally came at 76:13 when Gavin sent a ball forward to Speck, who turned and left-footed a shot inside the near post. Song capped the scoring with just 41 seconds left when she drilled a shot inside the far post from 20 yards out. Jenny Butwin was credited with an assist. Saint Peter’s (2-14-1) best scoring chance came early in the second half. A Yale clear was intercepted by Emily Fenice, who fired a hard shot from just outside the box that went just wide. Goalkeeper Elise Wilcox made three saves to post the shutout. Her best stop came with 17 minutes left when she dove to her right to deny Fenice. It was big at the time because it kept the margin at two. The shutout was Yale’s sixth of the season. The Bulldogs (8-5-2) are off until Saturday when they play at Columbia. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
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