Sept. 16, 2006
EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern handed Yale the second loss of its Midwest road trip, claiming a 3-1 decision Saturday afternoon at the Leonard B. Thomas Athletic Complex. Senior midfielder Rachel Lentz scored her first collegiate goal and senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander made 13 saves, but it was not enough to overcome a 25-12 shot edge (16-5 in the second half) for the Wildcats.
The Bulldogs (1-4) fell behind 1-0 when Alex Quinn knocked the ball past Friedlander following a save 10 minutes in. Lentz' goal at 17:58 evened the affair, but four minutes after that Katie Charles put Northwestern (5-4) back on top off a penalty corner. The teams went into halftime with the score 2-1 in favor of the Wildcats.
The solid start was in stark contrast to the way Yale's first game of the trip ended - a 4-0 loss at Michigan State. Senior back Emily Palilonis was out for that game but returned on Saturday to bolster a much-improved defense.
"Against Michigan State we really struggled defensively," said head coach Pam Stuper. "We had a great practice on Friday, made some really good changes and had a much stronger game defensively today."
The Wildcats did not put the game away until Quinn scored her second goal of the game with under seven minutes to play.
Northwestern goalkeeper Emily Kyle finished with eight saves. The Bulldogs' nine shots on goal, including four by senior midfielder Heather Orrico, came after being limited to only one on Thursday at Michigan State.
"We had a lot more opportunities on attack," Stuper said. "They scored first, we came back with a goal, they went back ahead but we kept battling and were right in the game."
Yale's trip concludes Sunday with a game against Stanford at Northwestern's Leonard B. Thomas Athletic Complex.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity