October 1, 2005

Howser Scores In OT To Sink Harvard

Oct. 1, 2005

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Crysti Howser headed in a Laurel Karnes cross 2 minutes, 31 seconds into overtime as Yale, ranked 23rd by SoccerBuzz.com, rallied for a thrilling 2-1 victory over Harvard before an enthusiastic crowd of 1,423 at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. The win was the ninth straight for the Bulldogs, who improved to 9-2 overall and 2-0 in the Ivy League.

"It was great goal," Yale head coach Rudy Meredith said of the game-winner. "Christina [Huang] had been saying we needed to get the ball wide to Laurel so she could cross it. We did, and it worked."

Despite outshooting the Crimson 9-2 in the first half and controlling play, Yale trailed 1-0 at the break. Jamie Ortega, though, got the equalizer early in the second half. Huang sent a cross that was deflected by a Harvard defender right to Ortega, who beat goalkeeper Katie Shields at 61:52.

The Crimson (5-3-1, 0-1-1 Ivy) opened the scoring in the 28th minute when Allison Keeley knocked in a Nicole Rhodes' corner kick. The Bulldogs had several good scoring chances in the half, but were unable to capitalize.

"We all agreed that after beating Princeton last week our play had dropped off," Meredith said. "We had been so focused on beating Princeton that I told the team at halftime that it does us no good to beat Princeton and then lose to Harvard. The kids really stepped up in the second half."

Yale outshot the Crimson 22-6 in the game, including 11-4 in the second half.

Chloe Beizer played the first half in goal for the Bulldogs and made one save. Susan Starr earned the win by playing the final 47:31 and making two saves. Shields finished with six saves for the Crimson.

Both teams entered the game with outstanding defensive statistics. Yale had allowed only four goals in its first 10 games, while Harvard had yielded only three goals in eights contests.

The Bulldogs are back in action next Saturday night at 7 p.m. when they host Dartmouth in another key Ivy League contest.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity