Bulldogs Fall At Cornell

Michelle Alozie (dspics.com)
Michelle Alozie (dspics.com)

It was a very frustrating day for the Yale women's soccer team at Cornell's Berman Field. The Bulldogs peppered the Big Red goal with 24 shots and had nine corner kicks but suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat.

Cornell (4-7-2, 1-2-1 Ivy) made the most of its opportunities, scoring its two goals on only six shots.

Freshman Aerial Chavarin scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season for the Bulldogs (5-5-3, 1-2-1 Ivy).

Yale had a big edge in play in the first half, outshooting the Big Red 15-3, but found itself trailing 1-0 after Jessica Ritchie scored at 22:36.

The Bulldogs kept up the pressure and nearly tallied the equalizer early in the second half, but Cornell's Karli Berry cleared a ball off the line while positioned on the back post during a corner.

Chavarin finally drew Yale even at 56:10 when she scored on a penalty kick after a Cornell player was called for a hand ball in the box.

Freshman Juliana Comer scored the game-winning goal, the first of her career, at 76:16.

Yale's best chance to tie came on a Michelle Alozie header that was stopped by Cornell goalkeeper Meghan Kennedy, who finished with 10 saves to earn the victory.

This was the second time this season Yale had a big edge in shots but came away unsatisfied. Back on Sept. 4, the Bulldogs outshot Iona 30-3 but had to settle for a 1-1 tie.

After playing its last three games on the road, Yale returns to the friendly confines of Reese Stadium next Saturday, hosting Penn. Kickoff on Alumni Day is slated for 4 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity