October 15, 2005

Whitfield Scores Twice As No. 20 Yale Blanks Cornell

Oct. 15, 2005

Box Score

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.

Chloe Beizer played the first half in goal for the Bulldogs and made two saves. Susan Starr stopped two shots in the second half.

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

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