Late Goal Lifts Bulldogs Over Cornell

Ana Keusch. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Ana Keusch. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Ames Makes Four Saves To Post Her First Career Shutout

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Yale women's soccer team was due to catch a break. After all, it has been a season full of frustration so far, ranging from injuries to heartbreaking overtime defeats. Saturday's 1-0 victory at Cornell could be just what the team needs to change the momentum.

The only goal of the game was an own goal with 5:58 left in the second half. It came when Yale's Frannie Coxe sent a corner kick into the box that deflected off a Cornell defender and just inside the near post.

"We were overdue," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith, who saw his team fall to Princeton in overtime on an own goal a few weeks ago, "but I give our kids credit. We've been working really hard."

Freshman goalkeeper Rachel Ames made four saves to post her first career shutout.

"Rachel played very well," Meredith said. "It was nice to get a shutout. We haven't had one in a while."

It was Yale's first shutout in Ithaca since a 2-0 win in 2004.

"It's always tough to play here because of the wind and the long bus ride," Meredith said. "We never seem to play well here, so I'm really happy to get the win. Cornell has been playing very well."

Neither team generated many scoring chances, but the Bulldogs started to have the better of the play in the second half.

"We earned the goal with the pressure we were putting on," Meredith said.

Cornell (1-11-1, 0-3-1 Ivy) finished with a 14-6 edge in shots, but Yale had five of the seven corner kicks in the game.

The shutout was Yale's third of the season.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Bulldogs (6-6, 1-3 Ivy)

After playing three straight road games, Yale returns to the friendly confines of Reese Stadium next Saturday, hosting Penn at 5:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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