Gavin Also Scores For Bulldogs
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Eighty-two minutes into Sunday's game with Columbia, Yale had a big edge in shots and in possession time. The Bulldogs, though, still found themselves trailing the Lions 2-1. Enma Mullo changed that in a hurry. Mullo's shot from 20 yards out found the back of the net and helped Yale earn a 2-2 tie on a cold early evening.
"We switched formations with about 15 minutes left," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "We went to a 3-4-3 which gave us a bit more options on our attack. Enma got her chance, and she finished."
The tie helped ease what was a frustrating game for the Bulldogs, who outshot Columbia 22-9.
Yale (8-5-3, 3-2-1 Ivy) was particularly dominant in the first half. The Bulldogs had a 12-2 edge in shot, but the game was scoreless at the intermission.
"We were shooting from too far away," Meredith said. "That's why so many of them missed the net.
Meredith told his team to get closer at halftime, and Melissa Gavin got the message. She drilled a 15-yard shot over the goalkeepers head and into the net at 62:45 to put Yale on the board first. Meredith Speck was credited with an assist on the goal.
The lead was shortlived. Ashlin Yahr scored just 1:12 later to tie it at 1-1 and then struck again less than three minutes later to give the Lions the lead.
It looked like that might be the end of the scoring until Mullo's magic moment. Gavin set it up with a perfect drop pass.
"I give our kids a lot of credit. They kept fighting," Meredith said.
Both teams had three shots in the overtime periods.
Goalkeeper Elise Wilcox made three saves for the Bulldogs.
The game was originally scheduled for Saturday but was postponed because of the freak snow that hit the city. The field was clear by game time, but it was still very cold.
"It's first game I've ever worn boots for," Meredith said.
The Bulldogs close out the season next Saturday when they host Brown. Kickoff at Reese Stadium is slated for 3 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity