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First-Place Penn Edges Yale 2-1

Fran Steele scoring (Steve Musco photo)
Fran Steele scoring (Steve Musco photo)

Steele Scores For Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale did something that not many others have against Penn this season. The Bulldogs scored just the fourth goal the Quakers have allowed all season. It tied the score at 1-1 midway through the second half.

Penn, though, also features one of the top offensive players in the league in Emily Sands, and her second goal of the game with 9:37 left lifted the Quakers to a 2-1 victory on a beautiful fall afternoon at Reese Stadium.

After a scoreless first half, Sands opened the scoring when she took a through ball from Megan Lloyd and fired a shot that Yale goalkeeper Alyssa Fagel got a piece of, but it still trickled over the goal line at 48:39.

The Bulldogs tied it with a very pretty goal at 64:40. Kristi Wharton sent a corner kick in that was punched out by Penn goalkeeper Kitty Qu. The deflection came right back to Wharton, and she sent a perfect cross to Fran Steele, who headed it home from the side of the goal.

"It was a really, really nice goal," said Rudy Meredith, The Loring Family and Rudolph L. Meredith Head Coach of the Bulldogs.

The goal seemed to inspire Yale, which had a couple of opportunities to take the lead but couldn't capitalize.

"We had a very good spell for 10 minutes," Meredith said. "When you have the momentum, you have to take advantage."

After withstanding Yale's push, the Quakers got the game-winner at 80:23. Breukelen fired a shot from in front that went off to the post. The rebound came right to Sands, who drilled it in.

The Bulldogs worked feverishly to get the equalizer in the final 10 minutes, but Penn did an excellent job of maintaining possession and limiting chances.

"I'm really proud of our effort," said Meredith, whose team has been hit hard by injuries. "To our credit, we kept fighting."

The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday when they host Sacred Heart. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity