October 14, 2006

Cornell Tops Yale 3-1

Oct. 14, 2006

Box Score

ITHACA, N.Y. - Caitlin Oliver scored and added an assist to lead Cornell to a 3-1 Ivy League victory over Yale at Berman Field. The game was tied 1-1 at halftime but the Big Red scored twice in the second half. Sophia Merrifield had the goal for the Bulldogs.

Yale's starting goalkeeper Susan Starr played the first 7:31 of the match, but was forced to leave with an injury after colliding on a fair challenge with Cornell forward Eva Dixon. Starr, who made three saves before exiting, was replaced by Marcela Benitez, who stopped two shots.

Cornell struck first at 17:07 when Mariye Wick played a long cross from in front of the Yale bench into the penalty area and onto the foot of Dixon, who one-timed it in.

Yale (6-6-1, 2-2 Ivy) would tie the match in the 30th minute as Emma Whitfield played a cross in from the right flank. Cornell goalkeeper Carlyn Swensen came out to snare the cross but parried the ball off of Merrifield and it bounced into the open net.

The Bulldogs had a chance to go ahead with five minutes left in the first half, but Choksi's shot was partially deflected by Swensen, hit the crossbar and bounced harmlessly away.

Oliver scored the game-winning goal early in the second half. Alison McKeown made a steal near midfield and beat several Yale defenders before slotting a pass to the right, hitting Oliver perfectly in stride. Oliver took a dribble before hitting her low shot past Benitez.

The Big Red (2-9-1, 1-3 Ivy) added an insurance goal in the 64th minute on a counter-attack. Oliver and McKeown worked the ball down the field with quick passes, then found a wide-open Kaitlin Dufton on the left side, who beat Benitez.

Yale applied good pressure throughout much of the second half but was unable to score. The Bulldogs outshot Cornell 14-12 in the game, but Swenson made nine saves.

Yale is back in action next Saturday, hosting Penn at 4:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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