November 2, 2005

Bulldogs Edge Dartmouth 2-1; Take Over Ivy League Lead

Nov. 2, 2005

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Crysti Howser and Christina Huang scored in a 3-minute, 57-second stretch of the second half to lead Yale to a huge 2-1 Ivy League victory over 25th-ranked Dartmouth before an enthusiastic crowd at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. The victory moved the Bulldogs into first place in the league. Yale (4-1-1) has 13 points, one more than Dartmouth and Princeton, who are both 4-2. The Bulldogs can clinch their first league title since 1992 with a win on Saturday against Brown.

"We talked about giving 110 percent, and that's exactly what we did," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "I'm extremely proud of our team. We'll need the same level of intensity on Saturday."

After a scoreless first half, the Bulldogs jumped on the board in the 68th minute. Huang hit a free kick to Laurel Karnes, who fired a shot that was stopped by Dartmouth goalkeeper Amanda Webb. Howser, though, managed to deflect in the rebound after a scramble in front of the goal. It was her team-leading seventh goal of the season.

Less than four minutes later, Yale scored again on a Huang direct kick from 25 yards out that eluded Webb.

"That second goal was huge," Meredith said. "We haven't lost a game all year when we've scored two goals, and I had a feeling two would be what we would need tonight."

Monica Martin de Bustamante pulled the Big Green within one when she headed in a Roxy Davis cross at 77:43.

The Bulldogs (12-3-1) controlled the ball for most of the final minutes to hold on for the victory.

Dartmouth (11-4-1) entered the game on a six-game unbeaten streak and had posted four straight shutouts.

Yale outshot the Big Green 12-11 and had a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Chloe Beizer played the first half in goal for Yale and made three saves. Susan Starr played the final 45 minutes and had two saves. The Bulldogs have now allowed only 10 goals in 16 games.

Webb stopped five shots for the Big Green.

The Bulldogs host Brown on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity