Oct. 23, 2004
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Mimi Macauley scored her second goal of the game in the 102nd minute as Yale edged Penn 3-2 in a key Ivy League game at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. Laurel Karnes also scored for the Bulldogs, who squandered a 2-0 lead but still won their fifth straight game. Sarah Walker made eight saves, including several of the spectacular variety late in the game, to earn the victory in goal.
"This is a huge win for us," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "It shows the character of this team that we were able to win despite losing a 2-0 lead. A few years back, we might have lost this kind of game."
The winning goal came when Jamie Ortega sent a nifty feed to Macauley, who dribbled in alone on Penn goalkeeper Anna Halse and slid a shot into the lower left corner.
"That was a great combination," Meredith said. "We work on that all the time in practice, and it finally clicked."
Karnes gave the Bulldogs (10-4, 3-2 Ivy) a 1-0 lead when she scored at 33:52 and then assisted on Macauley's first goal at 69:57. The Quakers (7-5-2, 3-1-1 Ivy), though, rallied. Rachelle Snyder scored at 71:57 and Cross scored her 10th goal of the season at 82:42 to tie it at 2-2.
Walker made a diving stop on a Carolyn Cross blast with two minutes left in regulation and then robbed Katy Cross with five minutes left in the first overtime.
"I think Sarah is the best goalkeeper in the Ivy League," Meredith said. "She worked hard this summer, so she came into the season really sharp."
Yale outshot Penn 13-10. Halse finished with four saves for the Quakers.
The Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday night when they host Rider at 6 p.m. at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium.