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Bulldogs Drop 2-0 Decision To Penn

Juliann Jeffrey (Photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity Office)
Juliann Jeffrey (Photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity Office)

Ames Makes Seven Saves For Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's soccer team got off to a strong start against Penn on Saturday. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs had nothing to show for it. The Quakers then caught a break early in the second half and went on to a 2-0 victory before a nice crowd at Reese Stadium.

Yale (6-7, 1-4 Ivy) had three of the first four shots of the game and had the better of the play early.

Still, the game was scoreless at halftime.

"It was frustrating because we didn't have a goal to show for our good play," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith.

Penn then grabbed the lead early in the second half in an unconventional way. A Yale defender was trying to head the ball out of the box, but instead it deflected into the net. The own goal put the Quakers in front 1-0 at 50:15.

From there, Penn controlled the game.

"It makes is harder when you give up the first goal," Meredith said. "Now you have to chase the game. They can play more defensively, and we had to be more aggressive going forward."

The Quakers (8-5-1, 4-1 Ivy) added an insurance goal at 79:07 when Kathryn Barth knocked home the rebound after Yale goalkeeper Rachel Ames made the save on a Clara Midgley shot.

Sarah Banks made two saves to post the shutout for Penn, who remains very much alive in the race for the Ivy title.

Ames finished with seven saves for the Bulldogs.

Yale is back at home on Monday night, hosting Fairfield at 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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