Sept. 7, 2003
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Yale's bid to open the season with a pair of victories over in-state rivals came up short. UConn defeated the Bulldogs 2-0 in the first game of the Connecticut Women's College Soccer Extravaganza on Sunday afternoon at Central Connecticut.
Yale, which opened the season with an impressive win over Hartford on Friday night, held off UConn (2-0-1) for the first 35 minutes of the game. In that span the Huskies took five shots on goal, forcing Yale keeper Sarah Walker to make four saves. With 9:10 to play in the first half UConn's Kristen Graczyk had an open look on the net before Yale defender's Trista Choksi and April Siuda foiled any shot attempt.
Fresh off the bench, Jessica Gjertsen knocked a pass from Jennifer Sullivan into the right corner of the net with 7:04 to play in the first half to give the Huskies the 1-0 lead. Kristin Fischer fed the ball to Sullivan. UConn out shot the Bulldogs in the first half 6-3 and led 1-0 at the break.
Brittany Barakat extended the UConn lead to 2-0 off a feed from Kristen Graczyk at the 67:18 mark in the second half. Barakat received the pass about 25 yards out and beat the Yale defense to put the ball in the left corner of the net to increase the lead to 2-0.
"We played well given the fact that we had two tough games in a three-day span," said Yale coach Rudy Meredith. "We had some opportunities but couldn't take advantage of them."
UConn's Erin Rice made three saves in goal to earn the victory while Sarah Walker picked up the loss after making eight saves on the afternoon.