October 3, 2007

Winning Streak Reaches Five With Victory Over Quinnipiac

Oct. 3, 2007

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Coming off an emotional overtime victory over Harvard and facing a key Ivy League matchup with Dartmouth this weekend, it would have been easy for the Bulldogs to overlook a much-improved Quinnipiac team on Wednesday night. Freshman Kate Macauley made sure it didn't happen. Macauley scored a pair of goals as Yale extended its winning streak to five with a 2-1 victory over the Bobcats at Reese Stadium.

"I was definitely nervous about this game - more nervous than I've been in awhile," admitted Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "This team, though, has a different mentality. They are determined to finish every game. Last year, we might have lost this game."

The Bulldogs (6-4) controlled play for much of the game, outshooting Quinnipiac 19-9, but still needed strong play from goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu in the second half to hold on for the win.

After Meagan McLoughlin's goal pulled the Bobcats within 2-1 with 4:15 left in the second half, Sumiyasu tipped a cross just over the crossbar with less than two minutes remaining to preserve the victory. She also made a big play midway through the half when she raced out of the net to smother a ball just ahead of a streaking Sara Lawlor, who appeared to have a breakaway.

"This is the best Quinnipiac team I've seen," Meredith said. "Give them a lot of credit. They worked really hard and gave us quite a battle."

The loss snapped the Bobcats' seven-game winning streak.

Natalia Mann set up Yale's first goal in the 22nd minute when she deflected a Quinnipiac clearing attempt to Macauley, who made a quick move and fired a shot into the top right corner.

Macauley scored again midway through the second half when she settled a Caitlin Collins cross and fired a shot past Bobcat goalkeeper Chloe Beizer from right in front.

Beizer, who made six saves, is a familiar face to Yale fans. She is a 2007 Yale graduate and started 20 games for the Bulldogs in 2005. She suffered an injury prior to the start of the 2006 season, was granted a medical redshirt and therefore has one year of eligibility remaining. Her best stop of the night came late in the first half when she made a kick save to rob Macauley, who got behind the defense and flicked a Jacqueline Gantes cross on goal.

"Chloe made a couple of big saves. Maybe we can take a little credit for that," Meredith joked.

Susan Starr played the first half in goal for the Bulldogs and made one save. She has now played seven consecutive scoreless halves and hasn't allowed a goal since Sept. 9 at North Carolina.

Yale improved to 7-0 all-time against Quinnipiac.

The Bulldogs, who received a vote in this week's NSCAA national poll, host Dartmouth on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity