Sept. 23, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Mimi Macauley has made a habit of scoring big goals against Princeton. Last year, her goal early in the second half snapped a scoreless tie in a game the Bulldogs eventually won 2-1. Saturday, Macauley went one better, notching two goals as Yale again topped the Tigers 2-1 in the Ivy League opener for both teams before a big crowd at Reese Stadium.
"Both of the goals came on passes from Emma [Whitfield]," Macauley said. "She really did all the work. I didn't really do anything special. Emma ran down the right side and got me the ball."
Macauley's first goal came early in the second half. She was marked closely by a Princeton defender but managed to get a foot on Whitfield's cross. Less than 13 minutes later, Macauley struck again. Whitfield sent a cross from the right side. Macauley settled it and fired a shot past Princeton goalkeeper Maren Dale.
Princeton (3-3-1, 0-1 Ivy) got on the board in the 74th minute when Vicki Anagnostopoulos headed in a Diana Matheson pass.
The Tigers, though, managed only one shot in the final 15 minutes, an Aarti Jain blast from the right wing that went high and wide.
Yale (4-3-1, 1-0 Ivy) nearly added an insurance goal in the final minutes, but Christina Huang's diving header was stopped by Princeton defender Melissa Whitley, who was stationed right along the near post.
The Bulldogs outshot Princeton 12-10. Susan Starr made three saves in goal for Yale, while Dale stopped two shots.
"I'm very happy," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "This team is very gutsy. We have had some problems with injuries this season, but I give these kids all the credit. They've sucked it up and have kept bouncing back."
Yale welcomed Huang, the team captain, and Crysti Howser, last year's Ivy Rookie of the Year, back to the lineup. Both had been out with injuries.
"It felt so good to be back out there," Howser said. "We played really, really well."
After scoring only three goals in their first five games, the Bulldogs have seven goals in their last three games.
"We've been finishing our chances," Meredith said. "I'm pretty confident that when we score two goals, we're not going to lose."
Yale is back in action on Monday night, playing at No. 12 Boston University at 7 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity