Sept. 21, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale's 4-2 win over Cornell in Ithaca last year snapped a string of six straight one-goal games between the Bulldogs and the Big Red. Friday night at Johnson Field the two Ivy rivals went at it in a one-goal affair again -- and for the sixth time in eight years Cornell came out the winner, 1-0.
"That was a tough one," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "That was the best we've played defensively -- the lowest number of shots [seven] and the lowest number of corners [five] we've allowed. But Cornell made the most of its opportunities and we didn't."
The game was evenly played throughout, though some of Yale's best scoring chances came early. Junior forward Jayna Whitcher freed herself up for a shot with some nifty stick handling a minute in; that led to a Yale penalty corner that was blocked by the Cornell defense.
Cornell (4-2, 2-1 Ivy) nearly scored off a penalty corner five minutes in, but a leaping save by sophomore goalkeeper Charlotte Goins kept it scoreless. Whitcher and sophomore forward Ashley McCauley then did a nice job setting up a play in front of the Cornell net, but Shannon Prescott was able to turn aside senior forward Cat Lindroth's shot for one of her six saves on the night.
Goins came charging out to stop a Catie De Stio shot with less than nine minutes to play in the first, and the teams went into halftime scoreless.
The game turned after a Cornell penalty corner at 39:30. Brenna Gulotta was able to get to the ball amidst a scrum in front of the net and knock it past Goins for her first goal of the year. Prescott followed that with a save on Whitcher after a feed from McCauley, and the Bulldogs lost some of their offensive momentum.
Sophomore Katie Cantore drew a pair of corners late in the game, but neither produced the goal Yale (1-5, 0-2 Ivy) needed. The Bulldogs got the ball deep in Cornell territory in the final minute, but senior forward/midfielder Harriet Thayer's hard pass into the circle was intercepted and senior back Beth Raveche's final attempt to get the ball in was denied by the Big Red defense.
"Katie did a nice job trying to make the most of some opportunities at the end," Stuper said. "We had a more consistent effort to carve the end line and try to create something for ourselves."
Defense continues to be Yale's strong suit; this was the fifth time in six games the Bulldogs held their opponent to two or fewer goals.
"Beth had a phenomenal game," Stuper said. "Char stepped up and played a nice game as well. Defensively, we played them like we needed to -- breaking up plays, forcing them into double teams, making our tackles higher up the field."
The Bulldogs return to Johnson Field Sunday for a 1:00 p.m. game against Fairfield.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity