Bulldogs Blank Hartford 1-0

Bulldogs Blank Hartford 1-0

Sept. 9, 2005

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Freshman Emma Whitfield made her first career goal a big one. Whitfield scored the only goal of the game in the 48th minute as Yale topped Hartford 1-0 before an enthusiastic crowd at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. Whitfield settled a Laurel Karnes cross, and fired a shot from 10 yards out. Hartford goalkeeper Stephanie Doyle got a piece of it, but the ball trickled into the net.

The Bulldogs (2-2) dominated the game, outshooting the Hawks 22-2, but Doyle was sharp in goal, making 11 saves.

Chloe Beizer played the first 45 minutes in goal for Yale and made one save. Susan Starr was in goal in the second half and was not forced to make a save. It was the second straight shutout for the Bulldogs, who blanked St. John's 1-0 in overtime on Tuesday night.

Yale was in command from the start, outshooting Hartford 11-1 in the first half, but was unable to score. The Bulldogs have yet to score in the first half in their first four games.

"We controlled play," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "We just have to get out of this not scoring in the first half slump. Once we get a goal in a first half, I think we'll be fine."

After giving the Bulldogs the lead early in the second half, Whitfield nearly added an insurance goal. Her shot from 15 yards out with 36 minutes left banged off the cross bar.

Hartford's two shots both came from Kacey Busque and both were good chances. Beizer denied her first chance with a sliding save midway through the first half, and her second opportunity was a blast from 10 yards out that went just wide with 32:30 left in the second half.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Sunday when they play a key regional game at Central Connecticut at 1 p.m. Yale is back home next Tuesday night against Quinnipiac at 7 p.m. at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity