Oct. 21, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale outshot Penn 19-9 but had to settle for a scoreless tie in an Ivy League game at Reese Stadium. Goalkeeper Susan Starr made five saves for the Bulldogs to post her fourth shutout of the season.
Yale (6-6-2, 2-2-1 Ivy) had a number of good scoring chances. The best opportunity came midway through the second half. Mimi Macauley drilled a shot from the left wing that beat Penn goalkeeper Sara Rose but banged off the crossbar. The ball deflected right to Maggie Westfal, but Rose recovered to stop her shot.
"This is one of the best games we've played all season," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "It's frustrating not being rewarded for our good play."
The Bulldogs dominated the first half, outshooting Penn 9-2. Emma Whitfield, who led the team with seven shots, nearly gave Yale the lead in the 21st minute but Rose made a leaping save on her shot from 15 yards out.
The Quakers' best chance of the first half came in the 31st minute, but Jess Rothenheber's shot from just outside the box on a free kick was high.
Penn (7-4-2, 1-3-1 Ivy) picked up its play in the second half but Starr was up to the challenge. She made a nice save on Molly Weir's shot from in front with less than three minutes left in the half and then stopped Weir again with 16 seconds remaining.
Yale controlled play in the two 10-minute overtime sessions, outshooting Penn 4-1. Whitfield nearly won it in the final seconds of the first overtime but her shot from inside the box was wide.
The Bulldogs return to action next Saturday when they host Columbia at 7 p.m. Yale was supposed to play Quinnipiac on Wednesday night but that game was postponed until Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity