Sept. 6, 2006
STORRS, Conn. - No. 8 UConn beat Yale 6-0 Wednesday night at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. The Huskies (4-1) outshot Yale (1-1) 30-9, getting a pair of goals each from Lauren Aird and Lizzy Peijs for the win.
UConn spent the majority of the first half on the attack, outshooting Yale 21-6. After senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander stopped a shot by Nikki Harmony four minutes in, UConn goalkeeper Andrea Mainiero denied a series of chances by junior forward Cat Lindroth at the other end of the field a minute later.
An unassisted goal by Peijs put UConn up 1-0 eight minutes in. Friedlander made a nice save on a Jennifer Kleinhans shot off a penalty corner to keep the Bulldogs within one 12 minutes in, but the Husky attack eventually wore away at the Yale defense. Lauren Aird's goal at 23:17 came after yet another Friedlander save and made the score 2-0.
Senior midfielder Heather Orrico sent a penalty corner shot just wide nine minutes before halftime, and the Huskies extended their lead to three with a Lindsay Leck tally at 31:56.
"UConn played very well and really stretched us out," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "They gained a lot of momentum on us early, and we were never able to get it back."
Aird's second tally of the game, just over three minutes into the second half, negated any chance of Yale seizing momentum out of the break. Jackie Leone and Peijs scored twice in a span of six minutes later in the half to make the score 6-0. Briana Koza played the final 18:31 in relief of Mainiero, who finished with five saves.
Friedlander (nine saves) came out after the second Peijs goal as freshman goalkeeper Charlotte Goins made her collegiate debut. Goins was tested immediately, diving to the turf to smother a penalty corner blast by Barbie Steffen with 10 minutes to play. Junior forward Harriet Thayer raced out to deflect away another Steffen penalty corner shot with under four minutes to play to keep the Huskies from tacking on another goal.
"I'm proud of the way we came out and battled to the end," Stuper said. "I told the players after the game, it's good to play a team like this early in the season. It gives us some things to work on and prepares us for our Ivy League games."
Yale opens Ivy play Saturday, hosting defending league champion Princeton at Noon.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity