Sept. 30, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - With their leading goal scorer, Mimi Macauley, out with an injury, the Bulldogs needed someone to step up in Saturday's game with Harvard. Freshman Andrea Bouchard was happy to oblige. Her first career goal in the 38th minute was the only goal of the game as Yale edged the Crimson 1-0 in a key Ivy League game at Ohiri Field.
"I was really excited," Bouchard said. "I'm just happy I could help out. This was a huge game to win."
Crysti Howser set up the winning goal. Her long centering pass hit a streaking Bouchard, who dribbled in and beat Harvard goalkeeper Lauren Mann.
"Andrea is one our fastest players," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "I knew if she could get forward, she'd have a chance to score."
Goalkeeper Susan Starr made two saves to post her third shutout of the season. The Crimson (1-8-1, 1-1 Ivy) outshot Yale 11-10, but the Bulldogs had 14-1 edge in corner kicks.
Yale (5-4-1, 2-0 Ivy) nearly made it 2-0 midway through the second half. Maggie Westfal sent a terrific cross to Trista Choksi, who one-timed it toward the net, but Mann was there to make a sliding save.
"We just were never able to get a second goal. We had chances," Meredith said. "All these Ivy games are tough."
Harvard had its best chances in the final seven minutes. Kelsi Chan's shot hit the crossbar with 5:10 remaining, and just a few minutes earlier, Lizzy Nichols blasted a shot from just outside the box that narrowly missed the top corner.
The Bulldogs are now 3-1-1 in their last five games with the Crimson. The last six Yale-Harvard games have either ended in a tie or been decided by one goal.
Yale opened Ivy League play last Saturday with a one-goal victory over Princeton.
"We are starting to realize that it is going to be harder than we thought it was going to be," Meredith said. "Harder than it was for us last year."
The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday when they host Fairfield at 5 p.m. at Reese Stadium.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity