Second-Half Rally Lifts Yale Over Brown

Second-Half Rally Lifts Yale Over Brown

Nov. 4, 2006

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The end of the season didn't come at a very good time for the Bulldogs. Yale may be playing its best soccer of the year as evidenced by a 4-2 come from behind victory over Brown at Stevenson Field. It was the second straight four-goal game for the Bulldogs, who finished the year with an 8-7-2 overall record, their sixth straight winning season.

When Kathryn Moos scored on a penalty kick at 34:12, the Bears had a seemingly comfortable 2-0 lead. Yale, though, scored once before the end of the first half and then added three goals in the final 45 minutes.

"We switched formations at halftime," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "We were a little more defensive minded in the first half, but decided to open it up in the second half."

Mary Kuder started the comeback when she drilled a shot from nearly 25 yards into the top left corner with just seven seconds left in the first half.

The Bulldogs tied it less than three minutes into the second half. A loose ball came to Emma Whitfield in front, and she fired a shot past Brown goalkeeper Brenna Hogue. It was Whitfield's team-leading fifth goal of the season.

Crysti Howser scored the game-winner at 76:49. She took a nifty feed from Christina Huang and fired a shot into the lower left corner from just outside the box. Eliza Walper's first career goal at 85:42 sealed the victory. Trista Choksi assisted on the insurance goal.

"We've been playing like this for most of the season. We just weren't finishing our chances," Meredith said. "It's nice to know that everybody who scored today will be back next year, and it was nice for the seniors to get a win in their last game."

Huang, Chloe Beizer, Marcela Benitez, Trista Choksi, Erin Gillespie, Emily Haddad, Mimi Macauley and Sarah Milby all made their final appearance.

"This class of seniors brought a different level of intensity to the program," Meredith said. "They really pushed everybody to get better."

Brown outshot Yale 18-15 in the game, but Susan Starr made seven saves in goal to earn the victory.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity