Sept. 7, 2007
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Two years ago, the Bulldogs dropped a 1-0 decision to national power Duke early in the season. While the team was disappointed with the loss, it showed they could compete with the nation's best. Yale went on to win the Ivy League title that year and advance to the third round of the NCAA College Cup.
The Bulldogs will hope to follow a similar path in 2007. Elisabeth Redmond scored the only goal of the game in the 41st minute as the Blue Devils edged Yale 1-0 on the first day of the Nike Carolina Classic.
"It was very, very similar to the game two years ago," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "We really battled hard, especially in the second half. This is definitely something we can build on."
The teams traded shots for the first 30 minutes. The Blue Devils (1-0-2) finally broke through at 40:24 when Redmond took a throughball and fired a shot that Yale goalkeeper Susan Starr got her hands on but couldn't control.
The Bulldogs (1-1) had a couple of opportunities in the second half. Kate Macauley's shot was stopped by Duke goalkeeper Allison Lipsher in the 58th minute. Yale also had a corner kick in the 81st minute but was unable to capitalize.
Starr played the first half and made three saves. Ayana Sumiyasu played the final 45 minutes and also stopped three shots.
"Ayana played very well," Meredith said.
Duke, which played scoreless ties in its first two games, has not allowed a goal this season. Lipsher finished with four saves.
Duke outshot the Bulldogs 15-7, including 9-3 in the second half.
The temperature at the start of the game was nearly 100 degrees.
"The heat may have affected us in the second half," Meredith said.
The Bulldogs (1-1) will take on defending NCAA champion North Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity