Battle For First Place Goes To Dartmouth 1-0
Oct. 8, 2006
HANOVER, N.H. - Annie Stanley scored the only goal of the game late in the first half as Dartmouth topped Yale 1-0 in a key Ivy League game at Chase Field. Off a corner kick, Megan Wijas sent a cross that made it through traffic in front and came right to Stanley, who banged it in at 43:30.
The Big Green (7-3-1, 3-0 Ivy) takes over sole possession of first place with the win. The Bulldogs are 2-1 in Ivy play and 6-5-1 overall.
"The only thing we can do now is control how we play in our games," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "We have to concentrate on winning the rest of our games."
Dartmouth controlled play in the first half, outshooting the Bulldogs 11-5. The Big Green nearly grabbed the lead midway through the first half, but Maggie Goldstein's shot from in front hit the post.
Yale picked up its play considerably in the second half and dominated possession. Natasha Mann had a good opportunity to tie it early in the second half, but her shot from the left wing was stopped by Amanda Webb.
Webb also made a save on Crysti Howser when she headed a Mann cross on goal with 21:30 left.
Yale goalkeeper Susan Starr made back-to-back excellent saves on Dartmouth's Emily Tracy with 3:30 remaining to keep the Bulldogs within striking distance. Starr, who finished with six saves, also robbed Nicole Cameli in the first half when she got a piece of her hard shot from in front. It was on the ensuing corner kick, though, that the Big Green scored.
"Our second half was very good," Meredith said. "In the first half, I thought Dartmouth outworked us. They deserved to score their goal."
The Bulldogs outshot Dartmouth 10-5 in the second half. Webb stopped 10 shots in the game for the Big Green.
Yale is next in action on Saturday at Cornell at noon.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity