Two First-Half Goals Lift Northwestern Past Yale

Lauren Mathy (dspics.com)

Wildcats Score Twice In Four-Minute Stretch

CHICAGO – For most of Sunday's game, the Yale women's soccer team showed it was more than capable of staying with Northwestern, a top Big Ten program. One stretch, though, midway through the first half doomed the Bulldogs. The Wildcats scored twice in a 3 minute, 41 second stretch to escape with a 2-0 victory.

"Northwestern is very good," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "This was a good learning experience for us as we prepare for the start of Ivy League play."

There was a pretty good breeze blowing at Lakeside Field and by taking the wind in the first half, Meredith hoped it would help avoid the slow starts that have plagued his team early in the season. Northwestern, though, still managed to score twice in the first 45 minutes.

Kate Allen got the first goal when she banged in the rebound of her own shot at 26:23. Sami Schrakamp then added an insurance goal when she scored from 14 yards out at 30:04.

"I don't know what it is," Meredith said of the slow starts. "We have to address it before Princeton [the Ivy opener], but we will."

Yale (2-3) had chances in the second half. Melissa Gavin got off a pair of shots – one that was blocked and one that went wide.

"In the second half, I thought we were much better, and that was encouraging," Meredith said.

Northwestern (4-2-1) outshot the Bulldogs 14-6 in the game and had a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.

Meredith again split the goalkeeping duties. Elise Wilcox started, played the first half and made three saves. Rachel Ames came on for the final 45 minutes and stopped one shot.

Sunday's game concluded Yale's two-game trip to Chicago. The Bulldogs fell to Loyola 2-1 in overtime on Friday. Still, it served as a nice homecoming for the four Illinois natives on the roster - Muriel Battaglia, Mary Kubiuk, Lauren Mathy and Georgiana Wagemann.

"I like for every player to have the opportunity to play in front of their families and friends," Meredith said. "For the seniors [Mathy and Kubiuk], it will be one of the last times their parents get to see them play."

The Bulldogs are back in action on Tuesday night when they host Saint Peter's at 8 p.m. 

Report by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity      

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