Sept. 23, 2007
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - With Emma Whitfield, one of Yale's top scorers, out with an injury, the Bulldogs have had to rely on their defense for much of the early season. That stingy D was on display again on Sunday as Yale posted its second straight shutout, blanking Central Connecticut 1-0 in a key regional matchup.
Susan Starr and Ayana Sumiyasu combined to make five saves in goal, and Maggie Westfal scored the only goal of the game in the 30th minute. It was Westfal's third tally of the season, which ties her for the team lead.
"It was a tough in-state battle," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "I'm glad we were able to get the win. Our defense played very well."
After the team's traded good scoring opportunities early in the game, Westfall got the Bulldogs on the board when she took a through ball from Natalia Mann and beat Central Connecticut goalkeeper Caity Casey one-on-one.
Yale's best chance early came when Leslie Perez fired a shot that Casey stopped in the 11th minute.
Starr, who played the first half and made four saves, robbed Clio Tregear, who was alone just inside the box, in the second minute.
Central (2-5-1) nearly tied the score in the second half when Ciara Crinion got behind the defense and fired a shot that deflected off the crossbar. The rebound came to Leah Blayney, but her shot went wide.
The Bulldogs (3-4) finished with 15 shots in the game.
"We did a good job of creating chances," Meredith said. "I'm a little disappointed we didn't score more than one goal, but we're definitely going in the right direction."
Yale hosts Boston University on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium, the final tuneup before the Ivy League opener next Saturday against Harvard.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity