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Season-Opening Road Stretch Continues

Alexandra McCraven (Steve Musco photo)
Alexandra McCraven (Steve Musco photo)

Bulldogs At Central Connecticut Thursday, Colgate Monday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A busy stretch to start the season continues for the Yale women's soccer team. The Bulldogs are back on the road this week, traveling to Central Connecticut on Thursday for a 7 p.m. kickoff and then heading to Hamilton, N.Y., to meet Colgate on Labor Day at 5 p.m.

Here are notes on the two games:

* Noelle Higginson and Aerial Chavarin were each named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday. Higginson, a first team All-Ivy selection last year, is off to another strong start. In two games, she already has five points (1 goal, 3 assists). Chavarin scored in Sunday's 3-1 loss to No. 15 Georgetown. At the time, it gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.

* The Bulldogs are playing their first five games on the road while a new, turf playing surface is installed at Reese Stadium. Yale plays its home opener on Sunday, Sept. 9 vs. Marist.

* The Bulldogs' four goals on the young season have come from four different players.

* Yale also has scored each of its goals in the first half.

* The Bulldogs lead the all-time series with Central Connecticut 14-2. The Blue Devils, though, have won the last two meetings, including a 2-0 victory in 2015. The teams have been two of the most successful programs in Connecticut. One of their meetings came in the NCAA Tournament, a 3-0 Yale victory in 2005.

* Yale and Colgate played a spirited 1-1 tie at Reese Stadium two years ago in the last meeting between the teams in 2016. Both schools are under the direction of long-time head coaches. Rudy Meredith is in his 24th season at the helm of the Yale program, while Kathy Brawn is in her 28th season at Colgate. The two teams have had some memorable battles. Seven of the eight meetings between the two have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie, and the series is deadlocked at 3-3-2.

SCOUTING CENTRAL CONNECTICUT

The Blue Devils (1-1-1) have played three close games, a 1-0 win over UMass, a 3-2 loss to UConn and a 1-1 tie with Siena. Danielle Pearse has scored two of Central's four goals. She was named the first NEC Player of the Week on Monday. The Blue Devils were picked third in the NEC preseason poll.

SCOUTING COLGATE

The Raiders have yielded only two goals in their first three games and both came in a season-opening 2-1 loss to No. 8 Virginia. Colgate has posted back-to-back shutouts, a 0-0 tie with UMass Lowell and a 2-0 victory over Albany. As a result, Kelly Chiavaro was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday. The Raiders host La Salle on Thursday night before hosting the Bulldogs.

Yale at Central Connecticut

Thursday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m.

Video: NEC Front Row | Live Stats

Yale at Colgate

Monday, Sept. 3, 5 p.m.

Video: Patriot League Network | Live Stats

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity