Nov. 12, 2004
PRINCETON, N.J. - Laura Johnson scored her second goal of the game on a 20-yard blast with 11:33 left in the second half to snap a 1-1 tie and lift 23rd-ranked Villanova to a 2-1 victory over Yale in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Lourie Love Field. The Bulldogs, who reached the tournament for the second time in the last three years, end their season with a 13-5 overall record. The 13 wins ties the school record.
"I'm very proud of my team," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "I thought we played well. Villanova is a very athletic team, and they deserved to win."
The Wildcats (14-5-2) wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. Melissa Murowski sent a nifty feed to Johnson, who broke in alone on Yale goalkeeper Sarah Walker and slid a shot just inside the right post only 39 seconds into the game.
Yale controlled play early in the second half and had scoring chances. An Ortega shot from 20 yards out sailed just wide of the right post with 34 minutes left.
After the Wildcats took the lead, the Bulldogs had one last excellent chance with 8:30 remaining but Villanova goalkeeper Jillian Loyden made a leaping one-handed save on a Christina Huang shot. The Wildcats controlled the ball in Yale's end for the final two minutes and was able to run out the clock.
"We started a little slow," Meredith said. "The game was back and forth. There were times when we dominated play, and there were times when they dominated."
Villanova finished with a 14-11 edge in shots. Walker made four saves for the Bulldogs, while Loyden stopped six shots.
The Wildcats avenged a 2002 NCAA Tournament game when the Bulldogs advanced on penalty kicks.
The loss ended Yale's school-record eight-game winning streak.