Oct. 15, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A nearly two-week layoff had little effect on the Bulldogs. Freshman Emma Whitfield scored twice as Yale, ranked 20th in the nation by the NSCAA, cruised to a 5-0 Ivy League victory over Cornell at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. Laurel Karnes, Crysti Howser and Alicia Fujii also scored for the Bulldogs, who won their 10th straight game and remained undefeated in league play.
Yale (10-2, 3-0 Ivy) was playing its first game since beating Harvard 2-1 in overtime on Oct. 1. Last Saturday's game with Dartmouth was postponed because of rain.
"The layoff gave us a chance to rest and a couple of our kids were able to recuperate from some injuries. From that perspective it was helpful," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "We had a couple of hard practices to try and stay sharp."
The Bulldogs certainly didn't show any signs of rust. Whitfield scored just 4 minutes, 10 seconds into the game when she took a long through-ball from Christina Huang and slipped a low shot past Cornell goalkeeper Taylor Hendren. Nearly 10 minutes later, Karnes deflected in a nice cross from Jamie Ortega to make it 2-0.
"It always helps when you score early," Meredith said. "Once we scored, I knew we'd be okay."
Whitfield's second goal of game came midway through the first half. Eleni Benson sent a long pass to Whitfield, who fired a hard shot into the top left corner.
Howser scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season at 65:05, and Fujii capped the scoring at 71:15. Mary Kuder and freshman Kristen Anderson both notched the first points of their careers, tallying assists.
The Bulldogs outshot Cornell 17-9.
The Big Red (6-5, 1-3 Ivy) had its best scoring chance late in the first half. Shannon Fraser got behind the Yale defense, but Beizer came out the of the goal to make a sliding save.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Tuesday night when they host Sacred Heart at 7 p.m. at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity