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First-Half Goal Lifts No. 14 Duke Past Yale 1-0

Ayana Sumiyasu. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Ayana Sumiyasu. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Sumiyasu Makes 11 Saves For Bulldogs

DURHAM, N.C. – Yale goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu has had some of her best performances against top competition. Her career-high of 15 saves came against UConn last year. She also has shutouts in her career against Santa Clara and St. John's. Sumiyasu was on her game again on Sunday against No. 14 Duke, finishing with 11 saves, but the one shot the Blue Devils got past her proved to be the difference. Mady Haller scored her first goal of the season midway through the first half to lift Duke to a 1-0 victory on a warm afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.

The game-winning goal came off a corner kick. Mollie Pathman sent a cross into the box where Haller headed it past Sumiyasu at 29:32.

Sumiyasu was busy from the start. She made five saves in the first 16 minutes of the game. Enma Mullo had Yale's first scoring chance in the 18th minute but her shot went wide.

The Bulldogs (1-3) had a good chance to tie just after Haller's goal, but Tara Campbell stopped Becky Brown's shot.

Yale had a flurry of activity around the Duke goal late in the second half. Campbell deflected Mullo's shot over the end line. On the ensuing corner kick, Juliann Jeffrey had a shot blocked, and Campbell got a piece of a Miyuki Hino shot that led to another corner kick. Jeffrey got off a shot moments later but it went wide.

Duke (5-1-1) outshot Yale 30-7 and had an 8-3 edge in corner kicks.

The Bulldogs get another crack at an ACC school on Wednesday night when they play at fifth-ranked Boston College. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity