Sept. 17, 2006
EVANSTON, Ill. - Yale's trip to the Midwest ended Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 loss to Stanford at Northwestern's Leonard B. Thomas Athletic Complex. Senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander (12 saves) kept the Bulldogs in the game, but Stanford goalkeeper Madison Bell stopped all six of Yale's shots on goal in the second half to come away with the shutout.
Stanford's Aska Sturdevan scored just 1:52 into the game. The Cardinal (3-6) had a decisive shot edge (8-0 in shots on goal) in the first half, but the second half was a different story. Shots on goal were even at six for the half, and Yale's came from six different players.
"This was the best defensive game we've had all year," said head coach Pam Stuper. "Things are really starting to come together for us on attack plays as well. We had some well-played fast breaks, which gave us more opportunities in the circle than we've had in a while, but we just couldn't convert for the goals we needed."
Jess Zutz scored the Cardinal's second goal with 20 minutes left.
The Bulldogs (1-5, 0-1 Ivy) return to Ivy League play on Saturday at Cornell (7:00 p.m.) knowing that their tough non-league schedule was designed to get them ready for the Ivies.
"This was a great step in the right direction for league play," Stuper said.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity