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Second-Half Goals Lift Yale Past Hartford

Second-Half Goals Lift Yale Past Hartford

Sept. 17, 2006

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - If the Bulldogs were feeling any ill effects from Friday's last-minute loss to UMass, it didn't show against Hartford. Freshman Caitlin Collins and Mimi Macauley scored second-half goals as Yale topped the Hawks 2-0 at Al-Marzook Field.

"This was a great win, especially coming off such a tough loss," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "I'm very proud of the kids for the way they bounced back."

The Bulldogs (2-3-1) did it without All-America candidate Christina Huang and 2005 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Crysti Howser, who were both out with injuries.

"There were a lot of contributions from a lot of different players," Meredith said. "It was a great team win."

After a scoreless first half, Yale took the lead in the 73rd minute. Trista Choksi fired a hard shot from 12 yards out that was stopped by Hartford goalkeeper Liz Cook. The rebound, though, trickled off to the left, and Collins was there to tap it in. It was Collins' first career goal.

The Bulldogs used an excellent counter attack to add an insurance goal at 84:11. Maggie Westfal sent a ball to Macauley, who scored her first goal of the season.

Yale's defense, anchored by Hayley Zevenbergen, Mary Kuder, Sophia Merrifield, Zaria Udeh, who was making her first career start, and Natasha Mann, helped limit the Hawks to nine shots on goal. Goalkeeper Susan Starr made two saves to post her second shutout of the season.

Hartford dropped to 1-7 with the loss.

The Bulldogs return to Reese Stadium on Wednesday night and host Central Connecticut at 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity