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Bulldogs Fall 2-1 at Harvard

Mary Kubiuk. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Mary Kubiuk. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Kubiuk Scores For Yale

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Yale women's soccer team had the kind of start it thought it needed in Saturday's Ivy League showdown with Harvard. The Bulldogs got five shots in the first 12 minutes but couldn't capitalize. The Crimson then scored in the 14th minute, added an insurance goal on a penalty kick in the second half and held on for a 2-1 victory at Ohiri Field. Mary Kubiuk scored for Yale.

"It was a frustrating day," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "I thought we played well enough to win. We had a number of chances early in the game. It easily could have been 3-0."

Corner kicks have been an issue for the Yale defense throughout the season, and Harvard took advantage of one to grab the early lead. Peyton Johnson played the ball from the corner and toward the front of the cage.  Elizabeth Weisman headed the ball to her left, finding Katherine Sheeleigh who batted home the ball for her fifth goal of the season at 13:52. 

It stayed 1-0 until early in the second half when Alexandra Conigliaro was taken down in the box. Conigliaro took the penalty kick and converted to give the Crimson a two-goal lead.

Kubiuk got Yale on the board late in the second half. Her initial shot was saved, but she banged in the rebound to tally her first goal of the season.

The Bulldogs (3-6-1, 0-2 Ivy) had a chance to tie with under a minute left. Enma Mullo sent a corner kick into the box. Anna McCahon got off a shot, but it was blocked, and the Crimson cleared away the rebound.

Yale finished with a 22-18 edge in shots. Both teams had four corner kicks.

Ayana Sumiyasu made six saves in goal for the Bulldogs. Jessica Wright stopped seven shots for Harvard (4-4-1, 1-1-0 Ivy).

Yale is back in action on Tuesday at Saint Peter's. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity