Strong Second Half Lifts Yale Over Fairfield

Strong Second Half Lifts Yale Over Fairfield

Oct. 4, 2006

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Emma Whitfield's goal in the 72nd minute snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted Yale to a 2-1 victory over Fairfield at Reese Stadium. Whitfield took a pass from Maggie Westfal and drilled a shot into the left corner from in front. The Bulldogs have won two in a row and five of their last six.

Fairfield (4-4-4) scored first when Alex Caram settled an Ahna Johnson cross and fired a shot into the lower right corner. The Stags held the lead for the rest of the half.

"We had a little talk at halftime," Whitfield said. "[Christina Huang] brought us together and told us we were capable of a lot more."

Apparently, the team got the message. The Bulldogs controlled play in the second half, outshooting Fairfield 7-2. Crysti Howser got Yale on the board when she scored her first goal of the season at 57:10. Howser headed in a Whitfield cross from eight yards out.

"It was good to see Crysti get her header back," Whitfield said. "That was a really nice goal."

After Whitfield gave the Bulldogs the lead at 71:29, Yale nearly added an insurance goal only a few minutes later, but an Emily Haddad header went just wide.

"Our performance in the second half was excellent," Yale head coach Rudy Meredith said. "In the first half, they had an extra midfielder that we weren't addressing. We were a little more patient in the second half which opened things up for us."

Yale outshot the Stags 13-6 in the game. Susan Starr made two saves in goal for the Bulldogs, while Brett Maron stopped four shots for Fairfield.

The Bulldogs return to action on Sunday when they play at Dartmouth at noon. Yale and the Big Green are both 2-0 in Ivy League play.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity