Oct. 25, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - With the wind gusting to nearly 40 miles per hour, it wasn't surprising that goals were hard to come by on Saturday at Reese Stadium. As a result, Yale and defending Ivy League champion Penn played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer before a soggy crowd of 526.
"The wind was a big factor, especially in the first half," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "It definitely changes the way you play. You really have to be careful."
Nevertheless, the game was well played, despite the conditions. Both teams had a couple of good chances. Penn's Molly Weir floated a ball from the right wing that banged off the crossbar in the 20th minute. Less than 10 minutes later, the Bulldogs had a good chance when Quaker goalkeeper Cailly Carroll got caught out of position. Miyuki Hino had a shot at the empty net, but a Penn defender cleared it away.
Yale goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu made her best save of the game early in the second half when she deflected a hard Michelle Drugan shot over the crossbar. Carroll thwarted a Yale opportunity in the 76th minute by racing out to smother a ball at the edge of the box just before a streaking Maggie Westfal could get to it.
With both teams needing a win to stay in the Ivy race, the second 10-minute overtime period was wide open. Westfal had a chance to end it with nine minutes remaining but her header of a Sophia Merrifield cross went wide. With less than a minute remaining, Carroll intercepted a Natalia Mann cross that was intended for Emma Whitfield.
Penn (8-4-3, 2-1-2 Ivy) outshot the Bulldogs 11-8 and had a 10-3 edge in corner kicks.
Sumiyasu finished with four saves for Yale (7-5-2, 2-2-1 Ivy).
"I was pleased with our effort," Meredith said. "It was a very even game. We had a couple of chances but were a little unlucky."
The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday night when they host Central Connecticut. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity