Sept. 24, 2005
PRINCETON, N.J. - Yale head coach Rudy Meredith had his team play the most challenging early-season non-conference schedule in school history for one reason. He thought it would best prepare them for the Ivy League opener at defending champion Princeton. Mission accomplished. Mimi Macauley scored early in the second half, and the 24th-ranked Bulldogs benefitted from an own goal in a 2-1 victory over the Tigers at Lourie-Love Field.
"This is a great win for our program," said Meredith, who saw his team drop 1-0 decisions to ACC powers North Carolina and Duke to open the season before rolling off seven straight wins. "We did it on the road against an excellent Princeton team. It's only the beginning of our quest for the Ivy League title. We still have several difficult league games remaining."
It was Yale's first win over Princeton since a 1-0 decision in 2001. The Tigers, who lost in the semifinals of the NCAA College Cup last year, have won four Ivy championships in the last five years.
After a scoreless first half, Macauley got the Bulldogs on the board when she knocked in a Jamie Ortega cross at 52:27. The lead grew to 2-0 on an own goal a little over 10 minutes later. Princeton keeper Maren Dale knocked a Yale shot away from the net and off the leg of a Princeton defender, back into the net.
Princeton's Emily Behncke used two consecutive shots to cut the lead to 2-1 in the 72nd minute. Her first shot was stopped by Susan Starr, but Behncke banged in the rebound.
As they have all season, Chloe Beizer and Starr split the goalkeeping duties for the Bulldogs (7-2, 1-0 Ivy). Beizer finished with one save, while Starr stopped four shots in the second half and earned the victory.
The Tigers (1-4-2, 0-1 Ivy) outshot Yale 14-9.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Tuesday night when they play at Fairfield at 7 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity