September 21, 2008

Bulldogs Earn 0-0 Draw With 24th-Ranked Santa Clara

Sept. 21, 2008

Box Score

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Yale head coach Rudy Meredith hasn't been shy about taking his team all over the country to play the nation's best teams in recent years. The Bulldogs have played well on a number of occasions in those games, but have always come home with a loss. That changed on Sunday. Ayana Sumiyasu made three saves in goal as Yale played a scoreless tie with 24th-ranked Santa Clara before a crowd of 990 at Buck Shaw Stadium.

"Overall, it was a great weekend for us," said Meredith, who watched his team fall 4-1 to sixth-ranked Stanford on Friday on the first day of the Santa Clara Adidas Classic. "I'm very proud of the way we played. We had a couple of chances to win the game. This is the first complete game we've played this year against a quality opponent."

Yale (4-3-1) had two opportunities with less than a minute to play in the second half, but an Emma Whitfield shot went wide, and the Bulldogs couldn't capitalize on a corner kick with 15 seconds left.

In the final minute of the first overtime, Sumiyasu made saves on a pair of Chelsea Bednarz shots to preserve the tie.

Yale had a 7-6 edge in corner kicks, while the Broncos outshot the Bulldogs 15-7, including 7-2 in the two extra periods.

Meagan McCray was not forced to make a save in goal for Santa Clara, which has reached the NCAA College Cup in each of the last 19 seasons.

This was the final tuneup for the Bulldogs before the start of Ivy League play. Yale hosts Princeton next Saturday at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium.

"Hopefully this will give us some momentum for next week's game," Meredith said.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity