September 27, 2008

Ivy Opener Goes To Princeton 1-0

Sept. 27, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Princeton didn't have many opportunities to score in Saturday's women's soccer game with Yale, but the Tigers made the most of one of their chances. Lauren Whatley's corner kick deflected into the net at 18:38 as Princeton escaped Reese Stadium with a 1-0 victory over the Bulldogs in the Ivy League opener for both teams.

Trailing 1-0 at the half, Yale dominated the second 45 minutes, outshooting the Tigers 7-2. The Bulldogs had two great opportunities to tie, but Sophia Merrified's header off a corner kick banged off the right post and was headed away by a Princeton defender with 13:54 remaining, and Princeton goalkeeper Alyssa Pont made a diving stop to rob Leslie Perez, who appeared to have an empty net to tap in a Becky Brown cross with less than 11 minutes left.

"They totally outplayed us and outworked us in the first half," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "To our credit, we came back and played with a lot of heart in the second half. We had a number of chances, but we just couldn't take advantage."

Pont finished with four saves to post the shutout for the Tigers, who extended their unbeaten streak to four. Ayana Sumiyasu stopped three shots for Yale (4-4-1, 0-1 Ivy).

Yale outshot Princeton 10-6 in the game and had a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.

The Tigers (4-1-1, 1-0 Ivy) snapped a three-game losing streak to Yale.

The Bulldogs host Bryant on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. before beginning a stretch of three straight Ivy road games at Harvard next Saturday.

"We can't afford any mistakes [in Ivy play] the rest of the way," Meredith said. "We have to play almost perfect soccer. I'm confident we can be competitive in the league. We'll be all right."

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity