Northwestern Edges Yale 2-1

Northwestern Edges Yale 2-1

Sept. 4, 2005

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New Haven, CT - Meghan Small scored two goals to help Northwestern to a 2-1 victory over Yale Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field. Small's performance overshadowed a standout performance by Yale goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander (15 saves).

Northwestern (3-1) controlled play early, getting off 6 shots to Yale's 3 in the game's first 15 minutes. Friedlander, celebrating her 21st birthday, came up with a save each time.

The Wildcats had 5 penalty corners before Yale got its first one, and momentum swung on Yale's second penalty corner with 8:39 left in the first half. Heather Orrico had the game-winning goal on a corner Friday night against Sacred Heart, but this time instead of shooting she passed to Cat Lindroth, who slapped it past Northwestern goalkeeper Sherri-Anne Nyberg (11 saves) for a 1-0 Yale lead.

The Wildcats tied the game just over three minutes later on Small's first goal. Both goalkeepers remained strong throughout the second half, but Small got another one past Friedlander with 26:47 to play for a 2-1 Northwestern lead.

The Bulldogs called timeout with 5:06 left and then got another big save from Friedlander to keep the game within reach.

"Elizabeth had a spectacular game," Yale head coach Pam Stuper said. "With all the shots Northwestern had the score could have been a lot worse, so hats off to her."

With 1:51 to play Friedlander came out in favor of Emily Palilonis as a kicking back, but the Bulldogs were unable to generate any more offense.

Yale (1-1) returns to action next Saturday with its first Ivy League game, a Noon start at Princeton.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity