Nov. 11, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Yale made the most of its first ever home NCAA College Cup game. Mary Kuder, Emma Whitfield and Mimi Macauley all scored as the 22nd-ranked Bulldogs rolled to a 3-0 victory over Central Connecticut before an enthusiastic crowd of 1,168 at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. Yale now hosts 10th-ranked Duke in a second-round game on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Blue Devils cruised to a 4-0 victory over Fairfield in the first game of the day.
"This is a great win for us and for our program," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith.
The Bulldogs, who set a new school record with their 14th win of the season, took an early lead when Kuder tapped in a Hayley Zevenbergen header from in front of the goal off a corner kick at the 15:11 mark.
"We tried to put them under pressure early," Meredith said.
Central, the Northeast Conference champions, nearly tied it less than three minutes later. Sophie Hopper drilled a shot from 10 yards out that hit the left post. The ball deflected right to Ingrid Bohlin, but her shot went just wide right.
Yale (14-3-1) then increased its advantage in the 21st minute. Crysti Howser sent a lovely through-ball to Whitfield, who got past the defense and beat Central goalkeeper Ashley Ferra.
"It was very important that we converted right away after their missed chance," Whitfield said. "That goal really helped us."
The Blue Devils switched to a more aggressive attack in the second half, but it was the Bulldogs who got the only goal. Macauley settled a feed from Howser and fired a shot into the lower left corner midway through the half.
"We threw the kitchen sink at them in the second half, and they threw the bathroom back at us," said Central head coach Mick D'Arcy.
Yale outshot Central 14-4 in the game, including 8-1 in the second half. Chloe Beizer made one save to post the Bulldogs' ninth shutout of the season.
Yale improved to 8-0 this season in the friendly confines of the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium.
"We got a home bid and we knew we were undefeated at home," said junior midfielder Christina Huang. "We are very confident playing at home because we have tremendous support from our fans."
The victory was Yale's second in NCAA College Cup play. In 2002, the Bulldogs won on penalty kicks at Villanova in the first round.
In the opening game of the day, Duke outshot Fairfield 21-0 en route to the victory. The Blue Devils led 1-0 on Rebekah Fergusson's goal at halftime and then erupted for three goals in the second half.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity