Sept. 20, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - For the fifth straight time, Yale and Harvard played a game that was decided by one goal. And in the case of Saturday's game in Cambridge, it was decided by a penalty stroke. Carly Dickson's goal with 10 minutes left in the second half gave the Crimson a 1-0 win in the Ivy League opener.
Harvard (2-3, 1-0 Ivy League) had a pair of penalty corners right before the penalty stroke. On the second one the ball hit a Yale player's body, generating the penalty stroke chance for Harvard. Junior goalkeeper Charlotte Goins got a piece of Dickson's shot as it headed for the top right corner, but not enough to stop it.
Yale (1-3, 0-1 Ivy League) had just one shot after the Dickson goal, with junior forward Ashley McCauley sending one wide.
The scoreless first half of the game saw Harvard with a 5-4 edge in shots. Yale's three shots on goal in the first were all turned aside by Harvard goalie Kylie Stone, and she finished the day with seven saves.
"I thought we played a little frantic at the start of the game, and we never really recovered from that," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "We need to recognize the need to change the tempo of the game."
Harvard had a flurry of shots turned aside by Goins early in the second, including three saves in a span of 81 seconds. Goins finished with four saves on the day.
Yale once again relied heavily on its freshman class, and the move into the starting lineup by freshman back Erin Carter gave the Bulldogs four members of the Class of 2012 in the starting 11.
"Erin's been playing well in practice, and she played very well against Holy Cross," said Stuper. "She earned the start."
The Bulldogs return to action Sunday at 2:00 p.m. against Sacred Heart at Johnson Field.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity