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Bulldogs Topple Dartmouth 3-1

Becky Brown. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Becky Brown. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Brown Scores Once And Adds Two Assists

HANOVER, N.H. – It appears the Yale women's soccer team has solved the problem it has had finishing scoring chances – especially in the first half of games. The Bulldogs had only four shots in the first 45 minutes against Dartmouth on Saturday but scored on three of them en route to a 3-1 victory at Burnham Field.

On Tuesday at Saint Peter's, Yale scored on its first two shots of the game and won 2-0.

"It wasn't that we weren't getting chances. It's that we weren't finishing them," head coach Rudy Meredith said of the early-season struggles. "It's been a major emphasis in practice. We've talked about shooting from in closer and from better angles. We've done a lot of shooting."

Despite the impressive accuracy, the Bulldogs (5-6-1, 1-2 Ivy) had to come from behind to earn the victory over the Big Green.

Dartmouth (3-6-1, 1-2 Ivy) grabbed an early lead at 10:55 when Aly O'Dea headed in Aurelia Solomon's free kick.

Eight minutes later Yale tied it. Becky Brown showed a soft touch in the box when she controlled an Enma Mullo cross and beat Dartmouth goalkeeper Colleen Hogan.

Kristen Forster scored the game-winner at 25:37. Brown sent a ball forward to Forster, who went one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Hogan tipped the ball loose momentarily, but Forster corralled it and knocked it in.

Brown also set up Yale's third goal. She sent a pass to Mary Kubiuk, whose chip shot from the right side found the upper right corner of the net.

The Big Green outshot the Bulldogs 7-2 in the second half but couldn't score.

Goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu made three of her five saves in the final 45 minutes to preserve the victory.

"Our defense kind of bent but didn't break, and Ayana made a couple of nice saves," Meredith said.

Yale plays its third straight Ivy League road game next Saturday at Cornell. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity