Bulldogs Drop Heartbreaker To UMass

Sept. 15, 2006

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Nadia Villarroel scored on a direct kick with 45 seconds left in the second half as UMass edged Yale 2-1 on a rainy night at Reese Stadium. Villarroel's shot from the left wing went just inside the near post and lifted the Minutewomen to their fifth straight victory.

Leading 1-0 at halftime, the Bulldogs (1-3-1) controlled play for most of the second half, outshooting UMass 8-2. The Minutewomen, though, made the most of their opportunities. Britt Canfield took a pass from Christina Nunes, dribbled down the right sideline and fired a shot from 10 yards out that beat Yale goalkeeper Susan Starr to tie the score at 1-1 in the 71st minute.

Trista Choksi had given the Bulldogs the lead late in the first half when she settled a Sophia Merrifield cross and fired a shot past UMass goalkeeper Kristin Walker from right in front.

UMass (5-1) outshot Yale 10-4 in the first half, but it was actually the Bulldogs that had the better scoring chances. Mimi Macauley was left alone in front early in the first half, but her left-footed shot was just wide. Midway through the half, Emma Whitfield chipped a Leslie Perez cross just over the top of the goal.

Yale's best chance in the second half came when Natasha Mann dribbled down the left wing but had her shot stopped by Walker, who finished with four saves.

"We played well enough to win," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "We just didn't finish our chances. I'm happy with the way we played and created opportunities."

The rain let up for most of the first half but became steady in the second half.

"It affected our rhythm," Meredith said of rainy weather, "but both teams had to play under the same conditions so we can't use that as an excuse."

Yale's first five opponents now have a combined record of 23-7-1.

The Bulldogs return to action on Sunday when they play at Hartford at 2 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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