Oct. 14, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Tami Jafar's goal 8:18 into the second overtime gave Harvard a 3-2 win over Yale Saturday afternoon at Jordan Field, overshadowing an 18-save performance from senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander. Down 2-0 just before halftime, Yale rallied to tie the Crimson at two only to lose in heart-breaking fashion.
Harvard (2-10, 2-2 Ivy) controlled play early on and received a pair of goals from Gretchen Fuller to go up 2-0 before the game was 15 minutes old.
"Harvard came out with a lot of fight and stuck to their game plan well," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "They waited for us to get the ball in play, then came at us in twos and threes. They really put a lot of pressure on us."
The Bulldogs (3-9, 2-2 Ivy) were finally able to respond with only 24 seconds left in the half. After a penalty corner, senior midfielder Heather Orrico fed senior back Emily Palilonis for Palilonis' first goal of the season. That was just part of a strong game for the veteran Bulldog defender.
"That goal was really important for us," Stuper said. "Emily Palilonis played a great game."
Energized, the Bulldogs began adjusting offensively in the second half.
"It took us about 30 minutes to start working the ball around them, getting their defense moving," Stuper said. "Once we started doing that, we opened up some holes for ourselves and started to create some more scoring opportunities."
The game remained tied for the next 35:18. Friedlander had three saves in the first overtime but Harvard goalkeeper Siobhan Connolly had two to keep the game going.
Jafar finally ended it in the second overtime after Friedlander stopped a Devon Shapiro shot off a penalty corner. The Bulldogs were unable to clear the ball, and Friedlander made one last save before Jafar slipped the rebound past her.
"I was very proud of the way we battled back from being down 2-0," Stuper said.
Yale returns to action Sunday afternoon against BU at 2:00.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity