October 25, 2008

Penn Rallies Past Yale, 3-2

Oct. 25, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Penn overcame an early 2-0 Yale lead, rallying for a 3-2 win Saturday afternoon at Johnson Field on Rachel Eng's goal with 2:02 left in the game. Both Yale goals came from junior forward Ashley McCauley.

McCauley gave Yale the lead with a pair of goals in a four-minute span midway through the first half. The first was unassisted, as McCauley put in the rebound of her own shot after a Yale penalty corner. The second came with an assist from freshman midfielder Dinah Landshut, as McCauley redirected Landshut's free hit in.

A pair of saves by Quaker keeper Alanna Butera, who had six stops on the day, kept Yale from expanding that lead before Margaretha Ehret got Penn on the scoreboard four minutes before halftime. Eng assisted on the play.

Penn (5-10, 3-2 Ivy League) evened the score on a Kelsey Tahan goal assisted by Eng two minutes into the second half, as the ball bounced off a pair of Yale players before Tahan knocked it in.

The score remained 2-2 for more than 30 minutes before Eng struck, assisted by Ehret. Yale junior goalkeeper Charlotte Goins broke up the initial attempt, but Eng's next shot hit off Goins' leg on its way into the net.

"We played very well for the first 25 minutes of the game, but we were unable to sustain that momentum," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "Ashley McCauley once again had an excellent game, as did Erin Carter."

McCauley now has a team-high 11 goals on the year and has 13 points (6-1-13) in her last four games.

Yale (4-9, 1-4 Ivy) visits Fairfield Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity